Once again, the Conservation Finance Network, Land Trust Alliance, Chesapeake Conservation Partnership and National Park Service are offering a chance to learn from the leading experts in the conservation finance field.

Are you interested in accessing new sources of funding for land conservation deals and restoration projects?

Do you need more complex funding and financing tools to achieve your conservation goals?

If so, we’ve designed this Chesapeake Conservation Finance Intensive Course for you.

This online, intensive training course will help midcareer professionals use innovative and effective financing strategies for land and resource conservation, restoration, and stewardship.

Virtual Class Schedule:

Mon., February 8 | 5:00-6:00 pm

Tues., Wed., Thurs., February 9-11 | 1:00-4:30 pm

Application Deadline:

6:00 PM Monday, December 7

Cost: $125. Scholarship opportunities are available.

For more information contact: Jennifer Miller Herzog, Land Trust Alliance

Who should apply? Conservation professionals leading and developing onthe-ground projects who wish to integrate conservation finance into their land and resource conservation work. This includes (but is not limited to) land trust and NGO professionals, public agency professionals, foundation officers, board members, private sector investors, business executives, legal counselors and academics. Applicants working on current conservation finance projects that could be workshopped with peers and course faculty are strongly encouraged to apply. Given the applied nature of the course, we do not encourage students to apply.

What will the course cover? Sessions will cover an introduction to conservation finance, trends in public and private funding, environmental markets, water funds, carbon finance, performance-based contracting and partnerships, and conservation investing. The course also includes a project structuring workshop.

When will I hear back? We will connect with you on December 17. If space remains available after initial selections, we will notify those on our waitlist.

How are decisions made? Selection criteria include the applicability of course content to your work, a demonstrated intent to apply what you learn, and cohort balance and composition based on experience, geography, and other factors.
Participants in the 2019 Conservation Finance Intensive learned from a dozen experts in innovative conservation finance practices.

“The Conservation Finance workshop was informative, collegial, and a wonderful opportunity to network with some of the who’s who of the conservation finance world. I’d love to take the extended version of the training!” David Diaz, Director of Land Protection, Otsego Land Trust (NY)

Here’s what a few of last year’s participants thought:

“Finding ways to fund conservation work can seem like an uphill battle with limited dollars and lots of competition. This workshop leaves no stone unturned. Whether it’s the philanthropic or regulatory arena, ecosystem services or upcoming markets, revolving funds or pay-for-success models, or some other new and innovative tactic, I guarantee you will come away with something new in your financial toolbox.” Suzy Yetter, Ecologist, ClearWater Conservancy (PA)

“As a small land trust with a new Executive Director, the workshop gave us a strong primer on the conservation finance players and models, both tried and true and emerging, in our watershed. Additionally, we are much better equipped to outline and evaluate conservation finance options for our portfolio of projects.” Kristin Kirkwood, Executive Director, Harford Land Trust (MD)

Funding for the workshop and other aspects of the conservation finance initiative is provided by the National Park Service’s Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network. Additional support for the work will be provided by the Land Trust Alliance.

Don’t forget to send us your 2020 land conservation success stories as they develop. They’ll land in the new and growing collection at success.chesapeakeconservation.org, a tool we can all use to show collective impact. See the checklist below for easy-to-follow, simple guidelines.