Ocean Finance
Steve Sutter

Finance mechanisms for coral reef conservation training tools

Steve Sutter

13 decks of slides have been prepared by the Conservation Finance Alliance for the International Coral Reef Initiative, based on “Finance Tools for Coral Reef Conservation: A Guide”. The slides cover 13 finance mechanisms, along with an introductory context-setting section. They can be used as one entire set, or in any combination. Each finance mechanism section can also be used as a stand-alone module. Notes for instructors were also created.

The following finance mechanisms are:

  1. Entrance Fees
  2. Special Use Permits
  3. Concessions
  4. Green Taxes
  5. Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES)
  6. Biodiversity Offsets
  7. Nature Bonds
  8. Impact Bonds
  9. Debt for Nature Swaps
  10. Reef Insurance
  11. Conservation Enterprise Incubators
  12. Impact Investing
  13. Conservation Trust Funds

Additionally Introductory slides were created. Each deck includes a summary and detailed explanation of the main elements of the finance solution (mechanism), and one or two cases as examples. The material can be used by experienced conservation finance practitioners to provide training on these tools to coral reef and Marine Protected Areas managers.

Intended Audience

The training deck is designed to provide an introductory overview on finance mechanisms to protected area managers, government employees, conservation biologists, NGO staff and others working in the field of biodiversity conservation. It does not assume the audience has any prior experience in conservation finance or background in economics or finance. The training deck is not intended to serve as a detailed “how-to” guide on implementing any single mechanism, but rather to provide an introduction and give participants a framework for evaluating the suitability of different mechanisms to a specific conservation context.

Trainer Background

The slides have been designed with the assumption that the person conducting the training sessions has a well-informed to expert level understanding of the content, and as such should be able to teach the material with no more than a few hours of preparation. Each section has added detail in the notes section of the slides to provide additional context, clarification or examples. While case studies are provided to illustrate the use of the finance mechanism in a real-world setting, trainers are encouraged to use their own examples when possible.

Please note that the PowerPoint version of these training decks with the added notes can be requested from the ICRI secretariat. We welcome any comments or suggestions you may have.

Funded with the support of the Swedish Government.

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