About the Environmental Funds Tool Kit
This Tool Kit shares the experiences of contributing Environmental Funds – their legal documents, manuals, plans, and communications materials. The goal is to help guide the creation and start-up of new Funds, promote best practices for existing Funds, and increase the efficiency and effectiveness to secure, and expend, reliable funding streams for biodiversity conservation. There are approximately 40 Environmental Funds – also called Conservation Trust Funds – with a biodiversity conservation focus, established around the globe. Environmental Funds are internationally recognized for their role in channeling global funds to support national conservation priorities.
This website provides an ongoing means of sharing documents and best practices between them. The Tool Kit is intended to provide ideas and examples on how other Funds have organized. No effort has been made to qualify or rank the value of the documents. They are original documents, in original languages, without claim to their relative merits, and are not intended for copying sample text verbatim. All Funds need to craft and adapt their documents to local legal systems, cultural norms, and institutional alliances.
Many Environmental Funds generously provided documents that can be searched by content, by source Fund, and by geographic region. Content areas that include documents in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese are:
- Starting up a new Environmental Fund;
- Setting up Legal and Governance structures;
- Finance and Administration;
- Investment Management;
- Grant Making;
- Communications; and
- Monitoring and Evaluation.
This Tool Kit belongs to the Environmental Fund community. Please add new documents or update existing documents as an ongoing way to strengthen all Funds in their efforts to be ever more effective in securing and disbursing reliable and long-term funding for conservation.
The Conservation Finance Alliance is very indebted to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), the Fondation Internationale du Banc d'Arguin (FIBA), and the KfW Bankengruppe who made this Tool Kit possible.
The Tool Kit development was coordinated by Camila Monteiro (Funbio / RedLAC Secretariat) and Lia Brum (Funbio / CFA Secretariat), Maria José Gonzalez (MAR Fund), Melissa Moye (WWF US), Scott Lampman (USAID).
Most importantly, this work wouldn’t be possible without the contributions from Environmental Funds around the world. We are very grateful for your ongoing commitment to support each other’s efforts and advance effective funding strategies for biodiversity conservation.