Topic: Finance

Finance Articles

External News

After Green Group Buys Forest, Logging Remains

Only part of the land will be logged. The Forest Stewardship Council, a nonprofit group, will make sure the logging operations meet environmental and safety measures. And cutting down trees is only one way the forest can make money. Thanks to California's climate change rules, forest owners can profit from their trees' carbon-absorbing powers.
Commentary

Wall Street Needs to Put More Stock in Future of Chesapeake Bay

While the states in the bay watershed have collectively appropriated more than $300 million in each of the last two fiscal years to conserve important lands, and have received some complementary federal funding, these levels will be inadequate to conserve another 3.1 million acres of land by 2030 to achieve the 30% goal.
External News

Call For Proposals: Conservation Trust Fund 10-Year Review and Update of CTF Practice Standards

The 10-Year Review will provide all actors with an improved understanding of the scope, effectiveness and impact of Conservation Trust Funds (CTFs) around the world. The Practice Standards project will provide existing and new CTFs with additional evidence-based norms to guide their operations and update the existing Practice Standards.
External News

World’s First Green Bonds Scheme to Finance Responsible Soy Production in Brazil Launched

The Responsible Commodities Facility, unveiled at the London Stock Exchange, plans to provide low-interest credit lines to Brazilian soy and corn farmers who commit to using degraded pasture and avoid clearing forests and native grassland for agriculture. For farmers, the initiative will offer an important complement to official credit lines.
Reports

One Planet SWF Working Group Publish Framework on Climate Change

The objective of the Framework is to promote the integration of climate change analysis in the management of large, long-term and diversified asset pools. Building on current industry best practice, the Framework aims to foster a shared understanding among long-term asset owners with regard to key principles, as well as methodologies, and indicators related to climate issues.
Wayne National Forest

Wayne National Forest in Ohio / Dan Keck

Pay-for-Success Financing

Traditionally, conservation efforts raise funding for projects and actions in the hope that those activities will result in desired outcomes. This Toolkit explores Pay-for-success financing, an alternative approach. This model ties funding for conservation to project outcomes, incentivizing the achievement of objectives and shifting risk away from public agencies and conservation organizations that implement on-the-ground work.
External News

EPRI and First Climate Bring Water Quality Credits to Environmental Stewardship Markets

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and First Climate announced today an agreement that will move credits from EPRI’s Ohio River Basin Water Quality Trading Project to international credit trading markets. This is a unique collaborative between a water quality project and an environmental asset credit broker to provide access to some of the world’s largest environmental credit buyers.
External News

Can Blue Finance Save the Oceans?

Conservation could be on the verge of a blue revolution. This year there is growing talk about using entrepreneurial finance to capture atmospheric carbon in revived marine and coastal ecosystems such as coral reefs, mangroves, salt marshes and sea grasses. Conservationists call it “blue carbon.”