This free, online event was held on February 27, 2006, and was convened by the Ash Center's Government Innovators Network and the Conservation Finance Forum. Please visit the event page to access the slide presentations and resources associated with this webinar.

Event 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.