We define this as ‘any commercial venture that generates economic and social benefits in ways that actively support meaningful conservation outcomes’.
Conservation Capital works with commercial businesses in or around high-value conservation landscapes that have the potential to achieve one or more of the following conservation outcomes:
Generate Conservation Finance: that directly supports the development or management of a conservation area or initiative, for example via lease, concession or entry fee structures;
Build Conservation Incentives: by creating or increasing ownership of nature-based revenue flows to relevant stakeholders, typically local communities and public sector agencies;
Optimize Environmental Sustainability: by promoting sustainable alternatives to damaging commercial or livelihood activities that threaten critical natural resources;
Mitigate Habitat Conversion: by increasing the economic productivity of surrounding buffer areas to reduce the need for encroachment into core conservation landscapes and marine areas;
Stimulate Conservation Engagement: by facilitating educational and inspirational experiences with nature that foster increased engagement of relevant constituencies in its conservation.
As well as functioning as direct conservation tools, conservation enterprises also have a number of important wider strategic benefits:
Financial Sustainability: as commercial going concerns, conservation enterprises can generate conservation outcomes on a long-term, financially sustainable basis;
Funding Diversification: conservation enterprises can be financed with investment capital that does not compete with overstretched public or philanthropic grant funding;
Promoting Sustainable Values: the interaction with wide customer and supplier bases can make conservation enterprises very effective promoters of conservation messaging and values;
Enhanced Political Relevance: by using nature-based enterprises to create jobs, sustain rural livelihoods, generate taxes and generally contribute to the development of wider national economies and brands.
Conservation Capital principals have led the development and financing of more than 75 conservation enterprise initiatives in 25 countries. Read more...
We are a small company, but together with our clients and partners are able to generate significant positive impact on the ground. Read more...
Conservation Capital draws together an experienced mix of professional skillsets not usually associated with conservation. Read more...