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Environmental Funds Working Group

The focus of this group established on 2007 is the development of Environmental Funds (EFs) as a mechanism for conservation finance. The purpose of EFs, and thus the WG’s aim as well, is the protection of global biodiversity. The Environmental Funds Working Group (EFWG) encourages promotion, knowledge transfer and exchange about environmental funds among relevant funds, donors and NGOs.

Specific areas of interest of the EFWG include:

  • governance issues and best practices
  • asset management, including endowment funds
  • analysis of Payment for Ecosystem Services revenue management potential and opportunities
  • operational practices
  • monitoring and evaluation


Specifically, the activities of the EFWG include:

  • analysis of best practices in designing and managing environmental funds
  • development and maintenance of tools to help create new environmental funds and to improve the management of existing environmental funds
  • raise awareness and disseminate updated information on environmental funds
  • an African Environmental Funds Committee, which focuses on specific developmental needs of newer African funds




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