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New training tools on finance mechanisms for coral reef conservation

Jayne Jenkins

The Conservation Finance Alliance (CFA), for ICRI, created a deck of slides built on “Finance Tools for Coral Reef Conservation: A Guide,” 2018.

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.

In terms of the audience, the training deck is designed to provide an introductory overview of finance mechanisms to protected area managers, government employees, conservation biologists, NGO staff and others working in the field of biodiversity conservation. No prior experience in conservation finance or background in economics or finance is required. Please note that 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.

In terms of the trainers the deck has been designed under the assumption that these persons have 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.

The slides cover 13 finance mechanisms:

  • Entrance Fees
  • Special Use Permits
  • Concessions
  • Green Taxes
  • Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES)
  • Biodiversity Offsets
  • Nature Bonds
  • Impact Bonds
  • Debt for Nature Swaps
  • Reef Insurance
  • Conservation Enterprise Incubators
  • Impact Investing
  • Conservation Trust Funds
  • Introductory context-setting section.

To learn more and/or download the slides please follow this link.

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