Cases in Conservation Finance
Learn about a range of conservation finance issues and tools through guest speakers and case studies.
Next session: August 11
The Case Studies in Conservation Finance webinar series will seek to answer questions like:
- What’s new in Conservation Finance?
- Who is doing exciting and innovative work in the field?
- How are various innovative tools being used to address the finance of conservation outcomes?
- What can be learned from practical conservation finance experiences on the ground?
We will answer these questions by looking at case studies and talking to practitioners in this space. Each month, we will talk to, and hear from, a different guest speaker about the work they are doing and the tools they are employing to invest in the conservation of ecosystems and the services they provide. We will hear how different organizations and projects are utilizing market mechanisms to align environmental, social and economic returns, and better understand the challenges they’ve faced and how these were overcome.
Each webinar will be structured as a discussion between the moderator and guest to hear about what they are doing and how they have either succeeded or failed in the field of conservation finance. It will then be followed by an open Q&A with the speaker.
Second Tuesday of the Month at 10am PT/11am MT/12pm CT/1pm ET
Case #3: JP Gibbons, Cambridge Associates & 2015 Kinship Fellow
Tuesday, August 11 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm CDT
Conservation finance comes in many shapes, colors, and flavors. It isn’t all about private capital, banks, funds, or bonds. It can also be about the blend of private capital and public capital, about how private finance can work with government and vice versa. In this case study we will talk with a Kinship Fellow, JP GIbbons, who in a long and storied career has straddled both the worlds of private finance and government finance. Today JP works with Cambridge Associates where he helps clients find private investments that align with their social and environmental goals. Previously he lead the Global Transactions Team at US Agency for International Development (USAID). In that capacity he worked with partners all over the world and pioneered the agency’s use of an innovative loan guarantee mechanism called the “Development Credit Authority (DCA)”. We will talk to JP specifically about the DCA, about how government money and development aid can partner with private capital to achieve results, and more generally on how to blend private and public capital to achieve conservation. We will also ask him about what he has learned working both for a government agency and with a private investment firm, the similarities and differences and what innovations he is seeing in the world of conservation finance from his wide-ranging vantage point at Cambridge Associates.
JP Gibbons is a Senior Director in the Mission Related Investment Group at Cambridge Associates. The Group identifies and underwrites the best investment strategies that align with the environmental and social impact objectives of Cambridge Associates’ clientele. His areas of focus are the environment and conservation sectors in emerging markets. For 10 years, JP worked at USAID’s Development Credit Authority where he led the Global Transactions Team. The team catalyzed capital for impact through innovative blended finance structures. JP also represented USAID as the primary point of contact on climate finance issues. Prior to joining USAID, JP worked as a small business advisor with the Peace Corps in Guatemala. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Finance and Business Economics and earned an MBA in Sustainability from Duquesne University.
This webinar series is moderated by Ricardo Bayon of Encourage Capital.
Ricardo Bayon is a Partner and a member of the Board of Directors of Encourage Capital. Ricardo leads the water team and new business and innovation at Encourage and works across several other investment sectors. Ricardo is a member of the Investment Committee of the EKO Green Carbon Fund. Prior to co-founding EKO in 2007, Ricardo helped found and served as the Managing Director of the Ecosystem Marketplace, a web site and information/analysis service covering the emerging environmental markets. In that capacity he co-authored a number of publications on voluntary carbon markets, mitigation banking, and ecosystem services, including The State of Voluntary Carbon Markets 2007: Picking up Steam and Voluntary Carbon Markets: An International Business Guide to What They Are and How They Work, and Conservation and Biodiversity Banking: A Guide to Setting Up and Running Biodiversity Credit Trading System. For nearly two decades he has specialized on issues related to finance, banking, and the environment. He has done work for a number of organizations, including Insight Investments, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank, IUCN, The Nature Conservancy, Domini Social Investment, among others. His articles have appeared in publications such as The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, and the International Herald Tribune. He has also written numerous publications and chapters on mitigation banking, biodiversity markets, markets for water quality, and other environmental markets. He was born in Bogota, Colombia, and is currently based in San Francisco. Ricardo graduated with a B.A. degree from Brown University.
Ricardo currently serves on the Kinship Conservation Fellows Advisory Council and is faculty at the Kinship Conservation Fellowship program.