Show Me the Deals: Impact Investors Look for Opportunities in Conservation Finance

Private equity fund managers are sitting on more than $1.5 billion in private capital that already has been raised for investments in sustainable agriculture and forestry, water quality, wildlife habitat and other conservation projects. They expect to raise more than $4 billion more in the next five years. In conservation finance, at least for the

Beyond Carbon: Althelia Climate Fund Attracts Conservation Investors

Multiple cash flows. Clear environmental benefits. Enhanced rural livelihoods. Strong local partners. Guarantees against losses. Market-rate returns. The Althelia Climate Fund, based in Luxemburg and London, has packaged many of the elements that bankers and conservationists alike say are necessary to attract private capital to large-scale ecosystem conservation projects around the world. The most recent

Building the Infrastructure Investment Pipeline

We’re facing a $1 trillion funding gap in U.S. infrastructure spending befor the end of the decade. The country loses an estimated $280 billion each year because of crumbling roads, bridges and water pipes. And $50 billion in infrastructure investment capital (over the next five years) was represented in the room at last week’s Infrastructure

CREO Investors Pledge $300 Million for Environmental Impact

Environmentalists are claiming their seats at the impact investing table. Nearly a dozen wealthy families are announcing today that they have committed to invest a combined $300 million over five years in commercial ventures in the areas of climate, energy, health, food and sustainability. The commitments were gathered by the CREO Network, a grouping of

“USDA-Approved” Conservation Innovation

Paying farmers to store carbon in untilled prairie. Stimulating demand for wooden “plyscrapers.” Creating markets for nutrient and temperature credits. This is not your grandparents’ Department of Agriculture. At a White House meeting and industry conference this week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is promoting innovative opportunities for private investment in rural America. The White House

Scaling up Conservation Finance: Takeaways and Videos from the Practitioners Workshop

The field of conservation finance is at an inflection point. There is a long and distinguished list of conservation finance deals that have delivered important conservation benefits. As the field moves to the next stage, it will need to migrate beyond donor-driven financing to commercial, investor-driven vehicles. It will need to move from one-off transactions

Ecosystem Investment Partners: How Private Capital is Restoring U.S. Wetlands

In the 1970s, more than 450,000 acres of wetlands around the U.S. were disappearing each year, eliminating vibrant ecosystems that provide critical wildlife habitat, storm protection and water filtration. By 2008, fewer than 18,000 acres per year were being lost, a 96 percent decrease. What happened? In a phrase, the national “no net loss of