Topics in Tropical Conservation Financing

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. 

Certification and Sustainability - Indonesia’s Palm Oil sector

Hsuan-wen Kuo
Paul Winters
Chanisa Niljinda


University of Michigan

The round table on sustainable palm oil addresses palm as adeforestation driver

REDD+ and Commodities

Chris Meyer

Environmental Defense Fund

How can commodities be linked withREDD+ in order to address deforestation drivers?

Commodities that destroy Forests

Doug Boucher

Union of Concerned Scientists

What steps can be taken to reducedeforestation from global commodities?

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?

Peter Anderson

Los Arcos Foundation,
Costa Rica

Real estate investment creates revenue for a local conservation land bank

Craig Kauffman

University of Oregon

Watershed funds in Ecuador provide finance for upstream conservation

Bruno Monteferri

Conservamos por la Naturaleza, Peru

Voluntary conservation and crowd funding drives national conservation

Stephanie Stefanski

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.

Jeffrey Chow

Phd Candidate,
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
Kallari Chocolate

In Ecuador, diverse forest creates the highest quality chocolate in the world

Bob Johnston

Tropical Forest Foundation

Reduced Impact Logging: Around the world, community foresters are learning new tools to reduce impact and raise income

Rune Karsten

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

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