The Conservation Finance Network at Island Press delivers conservation finance tools and training to people working to protect and steward natural resources. Our goal is to help people increase natural resource conservation and stewardship through the use of innovative funding and financing strategies. To this end, we are building a community of practice that brings together thought leaders, practitioners, and partner organizations and creates new training opportunities. This network will advance the field of conservation finance by fostering new ideas and ensuring that those ideas are implemented in policy and practice.
In 2006, several conservation leaders saw the potential for land trusts and other conservationists to conserve more land and resources by applying innovative finance strategies to traditional conservation practices. The result was a “boot camp” training model created by Story Clark, founder of Conservation Consulting and author of A Field Guide to Conservation Finance (Island Press, 2007); Peter Stein, Managing Director of Lyme Timber; and Brad Gentry, Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Co-Director of the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale University. Targeted for land conservation professionals, this model teaches participants how to apply cutting-edge public, private, and philanthropic finance strategies to land conservation.
Past boot camp sessions have included a range of topics, including:
• Financing, Building, and Negotiating a Viable Funding Package
• Public Funding: New Federal-Private Partnerships
• Major Donor Fundraising
• Land Conservation and Water: Funding for Watershed Protection
• Revenue for Operations, Stewardship, and Transactions
• Capturing Investment Funding for Land Conservation
The Conservation Finance Network was formed as a new program at Island Press. Island Press’ mission is to provide the best ideas and information to those seeking to understand and protect the environment and create solutions to its complex problems. As the preeminent publisher of literature on conservation finance, Island Press provides an intellectual foundation for the network as well as institutional support. With the Conservation Finance Network, we will support, train, disseminate, and promote the work of conservation finance professionals.