Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) Toolbox

Tool Details

Guide to conservation finance

Year of publication 2009
Conservation finance generates new, long-term, and diversified sources of revenue for conservation. Professionals in this field work with stakeholders ranging from local communities to large multilateral finance institutions, private corporations, and country governments. They support conservation work that extends across ecoregions, landscapes, ecological hotspots, protected area networks, and large terrestrial, freshwater, coastal, and marine areas. The purpose is to create revenue that can play a major role in ensuring biodiversity conservation, sometimes in perpetuity. The Guide to Conservation Finance provides an overview of conservation financing mechanisms that have been implemented throughout the world. The guide informs field practitioners about which of the available financing mechanisms they could apply to achieve their conservation aims. The various mechanisms are illustrated with short case studies that demonstrate both successes and challenges. In addition, the guide provides a list of resources and Web links for further exploration of the conservation finance field.
Type of Tool
Guidelines, manual, kits for trainers
Scale of Application
Forest Type
All forest types (natural and planted)
Primary Designated Function
Multiple use
Management Responsibility