Conservation Innovation Update: First Half 2013

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Conservation Finance Forum:
June 14, 2013 

With every passing year, fresh innovations in conservation finance and the legal defense of conservation easements spring to life. Two new initiatives -- one insuring the perpetuity of conservation easements, the other bringing new talent to the distribution of conservation finance expertise -- are already making their mark on the field of conservation finance.

Join us on WEDNESDAY, June 19th at 11am (EST)  for a live, online discussion on the newly emerging tools available for financing global conservation. Hear how the Conservation Finance Network and Terrafirma are helping to strengthen the financial and informational resources of land trusts throughout the globe, and address issues of conservation easement enforcement and defense "in perpetuity".

The Land Trust Alliance (LTA) celebrated on March 1, 2013 "a historic pivot point" marked by the opening of Terrafirma Risk Retention Group LLC. Terrafirma includes among its insured some 420 land trusts in 46 states and the District of Columbia that are now working together to defend conservation of 20,568 properties covering 6,354,434 acres.  As described by LTA, Terrafirma is "a charitable risk pool owned by participating land trusts that insures its members against the legal costs of defending conservation." Leslie Ratley-Beach, who has represented Terrafirma at a number of recent forums, will join us to describe the basic functions and operational strategies of this new and important entity.

Similarly, in June of 2013 we will celebrate the emergence on the World Wide Web of a new conservation finance presence at Leigh Whelpton of the Island Press will join us to discuss the launch of the Conservation Finance Network website, as well as her role in promoting conservation finance innovation in North America and around the globe.

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