International Society of Tropical Foresters, Yale Chapter
20th ISTF Annual Conference – January 30, 2014 – February 1, 2014
FORESTS AS CAPITAL:
Top-down and bottom-up finance approaches to conserve tropical forests
The dynamic landscape of tropical land use, deforestation, global governance, and economic development is pushing the need for evolution of the conservation toolbox. Complex financial mechanisms such as carbon markets, product certifications, mitigation banking, and supply chain management have valuable roles in tropical forest conservation, but remain difficult to access for many forest rights holders and advocates. At the same time, large scale commodity investment continues to threaten tropical forests and livelihoods.
The Yale Chapter of the International Society of Tropical Foresters (ISTF) is proud to announce the 20th Annual ISTF Conference at Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, to be held on January 30- February 1, 2014. This year’s conference will discuss forest conservation in the context of the capital approach (top down) and the local approach (bottom up) of attracting financial resources for conservation and generating sustainable revenues from forest resources.
Conference’s topics will include:
- Capital approaches to conservation: how can large-scale investment from donors and forest investors be structured to maximize conservation value?
- What is the potential of the international forest carbon market versus local markets such as watershed services, mitigation banks and debt-for-nature swaps?
- Local approaches to conservation: how can community conservation projects scale up to the landscape level, attract capital, and become financially sustainable?
- How can commodity markets (soy, beef, oil palm) be regulated or incentivized to reduce their impact on tropical forests?
To apply: Submissions of abstract / concept note based on either primary research or institutional experience are solicited from researchers and professionals in the field of tropical conservation. Abstract / concept note of 1/2 page should contain:
1. Name(s) of the author(s), address, telephone, and e-mail of the corresponding author
2. Title, concept note, and type of presentation (presentation or poster)
3. Author affiliation(s)
Please submit electronic concept notes by Sunday, November 10, 2013 to: email@example.com
Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
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ISTF Forest Finance Innovation Prize:
The Yale ISTF chapter is offering its first ever Innovation Prize for outstanding ideas and concepts in financing of tropical forest conservation. Prize money, sponsored by the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, will reward excellent project ideas from researchers and local groups from the tropics. The Innovation Prize will be awarded at the 20th Annual Yale ISTF conference at the Yale School of Forestry.
Deadline November 15, 2013
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Conference registration will open December 1, 2013
Professional: $95 Student: $45