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Description:

In the absence of innovations in the field of conservation finance, a daunting funding gap faces conservationists aiming to protect America's system of landscapes that provide sustainable resources, water, wildlife habitat, and recreational amenities. Experts estimate that the average annual funding gap will be between $1.9 billion and $7.7 billion over the next forty years. A new book on conservation finance, From Walden to Wall Street, brings together the experience of more than a dozen pioneering conservation finance practitioners to present groundbreaking ideas for dramatically expanding the availability of capital for land and biodiversity conservation in the United States.

In this online event, which occurred February 27, 2006, four of the volume's contributors--Jim Levitt, Peter Stein, Pat Coady, and Jeff More--further discussed the array of promising opportunities presented in the book, including: mainstreaming environmental markets; using regional revolving loan funds to leverage the efforts of local land conservation organizations; building a system of conservation finance to service initiatives across the continent; and identifying new sources of state and federal funding for land conservation.

Resources:

Levitt, James N, (Ed).  (2005). From Walden to Wall Street: Frontiers in Conservation Finance.  Island Press: Washington DC.

Program on Conservation Innovation. (2005). "Report on Conservation Innovation, Fall 2005."  Harvard Forest: Petersham, MA

Program on Conservation Innovation. (2004). "Report on Conservation Innovation, Fall 2004."  Harvard Forest: Petersham, MA

Program on Conservation Innovation. (2003). "Report on Conservation Innovation, Fall 2003."  Harvard Forest: Petersham, MA

Websites

Program on Conservation Innovation: The Harvard Forest, Harvard University

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