These sessions will examine different topics in tropical forest conservation
Simultaneous Session 1: Commodities
Tropical forests cannot survive without addressing the larger issues of land conversion and international commodities of palm oil, soy, and cattle.
Simultaneous Session 2: Payments for Ecosystem Services- national and local finance
Numerous examples of conservation rely on local and national funding sources of payments for ecosystem services and other revenue streams.
What are these sources, and how can conservationists use them?
Los Arcos Foundation,
Real estate investment creates revenue for a local conservation land bank
University of Oregon
Watershed funds in Ecuador provide finance for upstream conservation
Conservamos por la Naturaleza, Peru
Voluntary conservation and crowd funding drives national conservation
Yale Forestry & Environmental Studies
Timber, reforestation, and interactions with
capital market access - case study in Panama
Simultaneous Session 3: Making money in the field
Can conservation pay for itself? In these cases, communities and forest users implement new or traditional conservation techniques to generate sustainable income.
Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Mangrove extraction: in Bangladesh, economics of forest extraction interact with plantation development
Clever Grefa Licuy
East Coast Sales Representative, USA
In Ecuador, diverse forest creates the highest quality chocolate in the world
Tropical Forest Foundation
Reduced Impact Logging: Around the world, community foresters are learning new tools to reduce impact and raise income
Phd Candidate, University of Copenhagen
Researcher, International Woodland Company
Reduced Impact Logging: Why scale of operations and forest inventorying is good for the environment and the economy.
Cary Krosinsky is an expert in the field of impact investing. He is an adjunct faculty at Columbia University, director of the Network for Sustainable Financial Markets, and founder and director of the Carbon Tracker Initiative.
See his article on impact investing inThe Guardian