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Investing in Our Water Future: An Op-Ed by Mark Tercek

Around the world, water shortages are affecting communities, businesses and ecosystems. More than half of the world’s cities and three-fourths of irrigated farms are experiencing water shortages on a recurring basis. Freshwater species are disappearing as their habitats are dried up by water extraction. Looking ahead, more frequent and severe droughts linked to climate change will only exacerbate these problems. But there's good news.

Natural-Resource Investing Gets a Federal Jump Start

The new Natural Resource Investment Center at the United States Department of the Interior is making strides toward using market-based approaches and innovative public-private partnerships to tackle natural resource and conservation issues. For years, the nation has been slowly coming to terms with aging water infrastructure, dealing with water shortages in the West, and attempting to revamp species and landscape conservation efforts.

John Tobin Advises Bridging the Rift between Banks and NGOs

Environmental NGOs and banks are both increasingly interested in conservation as a business opportunity. However, in the past, they have sometimes had an adversarial relationship. Their approaches to financing have also differed. In this interview, John Tobin-de la Puente, former managing director and global head of sustainability at Credit Suisse, said that partnerships between banks and NGOs are evolving toward mutual exploration of business opportunities. However, a substantial rift remains between these two types of organizations. The divide is political, pragmatic and programmatic. To reach large-scale solutions, Tobin said, NGOs must work with profit-motivated businesspeople.

Cuba’s Biodiversity Offers Hope for Caribbean Ecosystem Conservation

A tentative new relationship between Cuba and the United States, which were formerly at odds, may help build conservation finance and research opportunities in Cuba. Cuba, the “Pearl of the Antilles,” is one of the most important biodiversity hotspots worldwide, being the most biologically dense and diverse island in the Caribbean – with some of the most pristine beaches, the largest and densest forests, and the healthiest reefs.

Four Areas to Consider as You Dive into Program-Related Investing

More and more foundations are turning to program-related investments (PRIs) to meet their goals. While each foundation does it differently, the successful ones are looking closely at their strategies for staffing, sources of PRI funding, ways to identify investable projects, and options for locating co-investors. Rather than starting from scratch when making these decisions, foundations should look to successful case studies and industry organizations to help ease their own transition to PRIs. These are some of the key findings from a July 12 report: “How Foundations Can Use Program-Related Investments to Address Water Challenges,” by Yale School of Forestry and...