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Harnessing private investment capital to accelerate and expand land conservation: the role of impact investing

Over the past century, the public sector was the predominant funder of land conservation projects, creating national parks, national forests and wildlife refuges in countries around the world. More recently, inventive conservation finance practitioners have discovered myriad ways to bring private capital to the effort – for example, funding for-profit mitigation banks and providing impact capital to fund the acquisition and stewardship of working forests and farmlands. The webinar will explore several of these private and civic funding methods in depth. 


  • Leigh Whelpton, The Conservation Finance Network, USA 


  • Peter Stein, The Lyme Timber Company, USA 
  • James Fitzsimons, The Nature Conservancy, Australia 
  • John Earhart, Global Environment Fund, USA