This workshop will explore case studies of land trusts that have used commercial banks, individuals and foundations for short term loans to complete fast moving, critical projects. The emphasis will be on connecting the steps of a traditional real estate transaction to the steps in securing and finalizing a loan, so there are no surprises in the process. Making sure your due diligence practices are in good working order and that you have strategies to cover project costs will be addressed. A good portion of the workshop is allocated as a “deal doctor” session to address participant questions on thorny projects.
The focus in recent years by land trusts on community conservation has led to increased awareness of and emerging partnerships with North America’s First communities and their efforts to conserve culturally important places. While momentum is gaining, the necessary funding to complete these often-expensive projects, however has been surprisingly difficult to secure. This highly interactive, roundtable discussion among land trusts, entities with Indigenous focused projects and some funders, will be a chance to shed light on the difficulties, talk about the needs and the opportunities and suggest ideas on how we can all work together to accelerate the conservation of these special places.
Session Level: Basic Session Location: Raleigh Convention Center
The term "conservation finance" is popping up everywhere, but it can be difficult to understand what it means let alone how it applies to your work. This interactive session will run through the range of innovative--or just plain effective--funding and financing tools and strategies, including examples of how each has been put into practice. We will use a hypothetical acquisition opportunity to explore different pathways to success. The session will attempt to demystify conservation finance, and to provide attendees with a practical resource library of toolkits to continue their exploration.
The world of conservation finance is constantly evolving as practitioners experiment with private sector finance concepts to see if they will work in our world of conservation. In this highly interactive session, you will hear from peers and experts on five different fresh ideas that they are working on. Topics will range from acquisition to stewardship tools and from impact investing, reverse bids, carbon accounting, a pooled timber income fund and diversified stewardship funding. Something for everyone! Come hear what they have to say, ask questions and learn something new that you might be able to use!