Weeklong Course on New Approaches to Conservation Finance to be Held at Duke June 6-10

March 24, 2016

Tim Lucas, 919/613-8084, tdlucas@duke.edu

DURHAM, N.C. – The 10th annual Conservation Finance Boot Camp, an intensive, weeklong training course on innovative funding strategies for land and resource conservation, will be held at Duke University on June 6-10.

Led by some of the world’s top practitioners and scholars in environmental finance, the course is being offered by the Conservation Finance Network in partnership with Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment.

Participants will receive in-depth training about new or underutilized funding sources for conservation, restoration or stewardship, including private investment capital, public funding, bridge financing and loans, gifts and grants, income from the land, and monetized ecosystem services. Course sessions draw upon relevant U.S. case studies and laws, and will feature interactive presentations by conservation finance experts supplemented by hands-on exercises led by core faculty.  

Past participants in the boot camp have included private investors, land-trust board members, business executives, researchers, foundation leaders, U.S. and international conservationists, and graduate students.

Tuition is $2,000 plus a small processing fee.

Registration – which is available online here – will be capped at 30 to allow for personalized and small-group instruction, and intensive networking and information sharing. If more than 30 people apply, a wait list will be established.

Core faculty for the 2016 boot camp will include Brad Gentry of the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale University, Peter Stein of the Lyme Timber Company, and Leigh Whelpton of the Conservation Finance Network. Jeff Vincent, Clarence F. Korstian Professor of Forest Economics and Management at Duke’s Nicholas School, will serve as faculty host.  

For more information, email del@nicholas.duke.edu or info@conservationfinancenetwork.org, or visit the Duke Environmental Leadership Program’s online list of executive education courses here.