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Making Conservation Finance Investable

Conservation finance is an undeveloped investment opportunity that offers the potential to conserve some of the world's vital ecosystems while also providing a financial return.


Responses

  • Ricardo Bayon
    Partner and Co-founder EKO Asset Management Partners
     

    Conservation financing is difficult because we don’t place financial values on most of nature.

  • Adam Davis
    Partner and Director of Research, Policy, and New Markets Ecosystem Investment Partners
     

    Mitigation bank credits are a proven way to invest in environmental conservation efforts.

  • Joe Whitworth
    President The Freshwater Trust
     

    We need new tools to help speed up and improve the quality of our conservation efforts.

  • Patrick Coady
    Senior Advisor Coady Diemar Partners
     

    There is renewed hope that conservation financing will finally take off.

  • Susan Phinney Silver
    Program-Related Investment (PRI) Program Manager David and Lucile Packard Foundation
     

    It is important to help impact investors understand the scope and opportunity of conservation financing.

  • John Goldstein
    Co-founder and Managing Director Imprint Capital
     

    The government plays an important role in creating an environment that is conducive to conservation financing.

 
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COMMENTS

  • James Cook's avatar

    BY James Cook

    ON April 23, 2014 09:51 PM

    How is Melissa Bos connected to theft of conservation funds under conservation international?

  • Joann Trennis's avatar

    BY Joann Trennis

    ON April 23, 2014 10:06 PM

    It is understood that Melissa Bos illegally misallocated funds for conservation projects in Hawaii for her own personal use, including fraud, including employing and coercing staff to perform babysitting for her children as well as housekeeping, while paying them a salary from project funds. Employees spoke up and revealed this behavior. Melissa Bos and conservation international then made an agreement that she would quietly step away from her lucrative program in exchange for them not pressing criminal charges. Immediately after Melissa Bos received her bonus, or keep quite money, she escaped to Australia leaving behind a tarnished reputation, and valudated mistrust. She violated the trust of the a Hawaiian people, for money. Where did all the conservation money go? There was something like $10 million us dollars involved. Why do we spend money on conservation finance projects when corruption within the conservation finance community like that of Melissa Bos is so rank!

  • Joshua K.'s avatar

    BY Joshua K.

    ON April 23, 2014 10:18 PM

    Please, don’t let Melissa Bos involvement in finance fraud tarnish the respected work and characters of the likes of Joe Whitworth and Susan Silver. Sometimes people like Melissa Bos do awful terrible and selfish things that have impacts on those whose motives are honest and heartfelt. I can assure you that Melissa Bos and her involvement with conservation international and her global fish trust strategy in Hawaii it’ll finance of conservation systems is an isolated incedent. Please, know the facts as it pertains to her and conservation international internal workings, and don’t punish the community. I call for more transparency of organizations that harbor these individuals, as these organizations have tremendous resources and financial clout. Thank you,
    Joshua K.

  • Joshua K.'s avatar

    BY Joshua K.

    ON April 23, 2014 10:27 PM

    Ricardo, what exactly did Melissa Bos do, and what can it tell us about the complexities of financial system influence on resource management? Specifically, are there sufficient safeguards in place to protect the interests of stakeholders from corporate conservation and financial interests if those who so cheaply buy there way through the proverbial back door?
    Thanks!

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