Monday, Feb 23 2015
The first CFA Environmental Funds Working Group (EFWG) conference call of 2015 happened on February 12th, at 11:00 am (EST US time). It was moderated by its chair, Scott Lampman (USAID) and attended by 25 members, including EFs, NGOs, private companies and governmental representatives.
The agenda covered the following topics:
Report on Outcomes of Recent Meetings
CAFÉ Cameroon 4th Assembly Sep.18-20, 2014 (Presenter: Ravaka Ranaivoson)
RedLAC Ecuador 16th Assembly Oct. 27-Nov. 1, 2014: (Presenter: Laura Nägele)
WPC Conservation Finance Pavilion November 13-19, 2014: Results from Panels,Presentations and Workshops (Presenter: Camila Monteiro)
CFA Global Membership Networking Meeting (@ WPC in Sydney) (Presenter: Camila Monteiro)
Launch of the Asia-Pacific CTF Network Nov. 16 (WPC/Sydney) (Presenter: Katy Mathias)
Washington DC Launch of CTF Practice Standards (Presenter: Melissa Moye) with reference to the launch results in Sydney (Presenter: Camila Monteiro)
WCS-led Board/Investment Training: Status and next steps (Presenter: Katy Mathias)
Feedback on the ‘pooling project’ [IUCN/WCS/FIBA] (Presenter: Katy Mathias)
Discussion of EFWG future needs in terms of training, information sharing, studies/best practices, networking and exchanges, etc. (Presenter: Scott Lampman)
Check some of the highlights:
Ravaka Ranaivoson (CAFÉ Executive Secretary) addressed the 4th CAFÉ Assembly which took place in Douala, Cameroon on September 18 -19. The Fondation Tri-national de la Sangha has hosted the event with 41 participants. It was focused on the theme “Financing conservation in developing countries: the role of environmental funds”.
Laura Nägele (RedLAC Executive Secretary) introduced the 16th RedLAC Assembly last year, highlighting the main events held - such as a panel on strategies for mobilizing resources, on impact investing and on environmental funds & private companies - and the diversity of institutions and actors represented in Ecuador (environmental funds, international organization, private companies and donors). She mentioned that if anyone is interested in any of the topics addressed during the event, all materials are available on RedLAC website.
Camila Monteiro (Funbio) mentioned the WPC as an important showcase to position the network internationally and present CFA’s main efforts over the past few years. That was an opportunity to open the discussion on different instruments for financing conservation. She said that, within the CFA, the EFWG has indeed been very active on how EFs can work differently on funding sources, but the Congress was a place to broader these “funding horizons”, with debates on financial markets and other tools.
Katy Mathias (WCS) highlighted that the meeting of the Asia-Pacific Conservation Trust Funds in Sydney was the first official gathering of such institutions from this region, having representatives of traditional donors (KfW, the GEF, Conservation International, for example), NGOs, and both networks from Latin-America (RedLAC) and Africa (CAFÉ). According to her, it was a valuable opportunity to benefit from the leaders of RedLAC and CAFÉ that were present. The main focus at the moment is to plan a 2nd physical meeting in November 2015 and to encourage Asia-Pacific CTFs to attend CAFÉ Assembly (September) and/or RedLAC Assembly (October). She informed KEHATI (the Indonesian Biodiversity Fund) has accepted the role as the Secretariat.
Melissa Moye (WWF-US) started by mentioning that the CFA Core Group for the Practice Standards gathered during the 15th RedLAC Assembly in San Jose, Costa Rica (November 2013) and decided that it would be important to assess how the Standards are being used and to review how we can continue to update them. Although it was going to be launched at the WPC, in Sydney 2014, the group discussed also a possibility of having other opportunities to spread the word, such as a "Washington DC Launch" of the study.
Katy Mathias (WCS) also introduced the Board Investment Training idea, which derives from discussions around the Practice Standards and need to build capacity among the CTFs on investment management expertise. She shared that, based on the last CTIS survey, more than 90% of CTFs expressed that they would benefit from more in depth understanding of such theme.
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Photo Credits: Donna Drewhurst/U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service