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Conservation Finance

Conservation Finance marshals the power of private wealth to address conservation needs by developing investment products that generate profits and deliver environmental returns. This working group focuses on creating new, long-term, diversified sources of revenues supporting biodiversity conservation through innovative investment products, providing financial returns, and targeting private investors. Specific challenges to be addressed include green infrastructure and sustainable timberland, agriculture, and fisheries.

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Regenerative Agriculture

Accelerating adoption of regenerative agriculture practices across the Great Lakes basin by developing transition loan products and services to facilitate the transition from conventional to regenerative agriculture.

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Innovative finance for conservation

Published in fall 2020, the ESA Issues in Ecology Research features an interdisciplinary and international team of scientists, practitioners, finance specialists and lawyers who explores how private investments can generate financial returns while achieving positive conservation outcomes. The special issue, featuring Cornell authors Amanda Rodewald (Lab of Ornithology) and John Tobin (Dyson) was published in fall 2020.

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Coalition for Private Investment in Conservation

CPIC is a global multi-stakeholder initiative focused on enabling conditions that support a material increase in private, return-seeking investment in conservation. Cornell Atkinson is an active member of the coalition.

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Little Book of Investing in Nature

Read an overview of the area of biodiversity finance at a time when governments and international negotiators are urgently seeking pragmatic solutions for the twin crises of climate change and the loss of nature. Current estimates suggest there is a global shortfall of USD 824 billion. The Little Book provides a simple guide for policymakers and investors as to how this shortfall can be overcome. Cornell Atkinson supported this publication.

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El pequeño libro de las inversiones para la naturaleza

Una guía sencilla para financiar la vida en la Tierra. Read the Little Book of Investing in Nature, now available in Spanish

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Financing Nature

This report, co-authored by Cornell Atkinson, The Nature Conservancy, and The Paulson Institute, lays out the economic case for protecting nature, examines the underlying market failures that hasten global biodiversity loss, and indicates several policy interventions and changes needed to halt biodiversity loss.

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Financing Nature Presentation

Watch a discussion of the Financing Nature report findings with report authors and experts from the conservation finance sector, recorded on October 14, 2020.

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The Conservation Finance Working Group

Learn more about conservation finance faculty, projects, and courses at Cornell University.

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