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A herd of sheep shows the danger in overfarming- and the impossibility of reducing nature to a single type

Risks and opportunities in natural ecosystems will prove a lot harder to count. 

Striving to Lift Investors' Bids on Nature, A Task Force Follows a Carbon-Tested Path

The understanding has spread that companies face risks and opportunities in nature, just as they do in competitive markets or under certain regulations. In that context, a new group called the Task Force on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) aims to broaden and deepen investors' interest in details from companies about...
This reflects the ecosystems that can gain clarity- and investors- in Maryland

(Courtesy the Conservation Fund.) From idea to impetus to investment, Maryland's bill aims for impact. 

Maryland’s Comprehensive Conservation Finance Act: A Blueprint for Regulatory Infrastructure

A law is emerging from a structured set of discussions among participants in current Chesapeake Bay conservation program. It represents a series of levers to squeeze clarity and value out of current regulation, redefining blue infrastructure and creating space for profitable trading in carbon. The law, with support from one-half...
Oregon's Zumwalt Prairie, courtesy Julius Pasay of the Climate Trust

(Courtesy Julius Pasay of the Climate Trust.) When delicate landscapes like Oregon's Zumwalt Prairie comprise the asset, the off-take partner needs to pass rigorous review. 

Who's Going to Pay? Due Diligence in Conservation Finance Starts With the Offtake Agreement

This op/ed builds off the Enduring Arches: Building Projects for Impact report. Gordian Knot Strategies developed that report in collaboration with the Conservation Finance Network and with the generous support of the Walton Family Foundation. The full report can be accessed here. This op/ed originally ran on ImpactAlpha...
Digging deeper than before

A tree-planting project fits the civic focus of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy. (Photo courtesy WRLC.)

Leveraging Conservation Finance to Advance Equity and Justice, Part One: New Goals

While more public funding sources have emerged recently for conservation finance, particularly around working farms, landowners with means and motivation remain a staple of the private conservation process. These landowners are largely white, and their properties most often located in rural and suburban areas. The distribution of conserved land and...
So this panther walks into a bank...

(Courtesy Mark Conlin/Alamy, via the NRDC website.)

Species and Habitat Conservation Banking

*It should be noted that with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, many conservation banks along with other conservation projects are facing uncertain futures because the pandemic has put a stress on current and future funding. For many years, conservationists, landowners, and developers have met at crossroads when handling cases of endangered...

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