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Innovative finance for conservation

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Written by: Paul Herbertson
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We are working to develop and encourage adoption of innovative mechanisms that drive new types of investment into conservation. In order to spur green growth we require different types of investors, new ways of doing business, and new ways of doing conservation.

Fauna & Flora International (FFI) seeks to support the development of innovative financial instruments for financially sustainable and triple bottom-line approaches to conservation that deliver conservation, social and economic benefits.

REDD+ refers to Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation; the ‘plus’ goes beyond the basic structure of REDD to include forest conservation, the sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks. FFI has been at the forefront of global REDD+ efforts where our niche has been taking pragmatic on-the-ground action in threatened, biodiversity significant forest areas.

REDD+ is a market mechanism which places a financial value on the carbon stored in intact forests, offering incentives for developing countries to reduce carbon emissions from forests. See our REDD+ page for more details

In collaboration with a range of partners, we are exploring a number of different innovative finance instruments and mechanisms to support marine environments, forests, biodiversity, livelihoods and climate change mitigation and adaptation. These include work on an Interim Forest Finance Facility, developing a Rainforest Impact Bond with ADM Capital Foundation, and building an impact investment fund that will drive capital into biodiversity positive businesses and revenue generating projects. We are also testing how a new breed of investors, so called ‘impact investors’, can drive market orientated solutions to conservation problems.

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Paul Herbertson

Paul Herbertson is the Director of Environmental Markets at Fauna & Flora International (FFI), where he heads up and oversees FFI's work on natural capital and emerging environmental markets. As Director of Environmental Markets, Paul has defined FFI’s strategy towards emerging environmental markets, impact investment and engagement with the broader finance sector. Paul's key interests are sustainable business and the opportunities for investment in forests as a tool for conservation. Prior to working at FFI he lived and worked in Ecuador and Indonesia looking at a range of issues including oil exploration and palm oil. He also has experience in the UK working with the South Downs National Park Authority, the Environment Agency and has spent time with F&C asset management and The Body Shop International. Paul has an MBA from the University of Cambridge, where he was recipient of a full Sainsbury Scholarship, an MSc from King’s College London and a BSc from Cardiff University.

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We are exploring a number of different innovative finance instruments and mechanisms to support marine environments, forests, biodiversity, livelihoods and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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