Case Studies

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Shifting economic incentives to protect forests

Partners: Environmental Defense Fund, Conservation International

Geographic scope: Global; tropical forest countries

Deforestation accounts for 16% to 19% of annual global greenhouse gas emissions. Reversing deforestation is one of the greatest near term opportunities to safely manage climate change. To do this, forest landowners, communities and governments must realize at least some value from standing forests. CFC, in close collaboration with EDF, is leading a new impact investment vehicle called the REDD+ Acceleration Fund (RAF).  The RAF will channel investment to support tropical forest conservation, catalyzing a market that connects private buyers to high quality carbon credits to offset their emissions. These investments will shift economic incentives on the ground, making forests worth more alive than dead, and supporting some of the poorest and most vulnerable people on earth. Learn more here.

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Spurring private investment in working lands conservation

Partners: Environmental Defense Fund, Encourage Capital

Geographic scope: United States

CFC aims to transform the way working lands are managed through the deployment of regenerative and sustainable management practices. CFC uses innovative financing strategies to mobilize philanthropic and private capital to finance the transition to sustainable practices. The Working Lands Investment Fund (WLIF) focuses on the generation of carbon offsets from working lands, which can be sold to voluntary and compliance market buyers, providing returns for investors and landowners.  CFC is also developing a broader suite of investment opportunities to improve the financial viability of regenerative agricultural practices. CFC is a proud recipient of the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG), which supports this work, along with the generous support from the BAND Foundation. Read more about the role of private capital in land conservation here.

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Leveraging the private sector to reduce pollution from stormwater

Partners: The Nature Conservancy, Encourage Capital

Geographic scope: Washington, D.C.

CFC is dedicated to helping cities find economically viable solutions to become more resilient through nature-based solutions. Using private capital, CFC, in close collaboration with Encourage Capital and partnership with TNC’s Naturevest, financed the development of green infrastructure to abate pollution from stormwater in Washington, D.C.  This initiative supported the growth of D.C.’s innovative stormwater credit trading system, engaging the private sector to help meet the city’s green infrastructure targets.  CFC leveraged science, impact investing expertise and local stakeholder management to create a profitable market solution for stormwater credits. Learn about this project here.


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