Towards a common typology

The questionnaire is presented by researchers from the UNEP Finance Initiative, IUCN, the Coalition for Private Investment in Conservation, the University of Cape Town Graduate Business School and practitioners who are concerned with increasing funding for nature conservation and development in the Global South. Unique risks specific to private investment in community-led conservation and particularly non-freehold / non-state land have been identified (e.g. in Smith et al, 2022) including land tenure types that are unfamiliar to most investors but widely used in conservation. 

The research is attempting to develop a framework for identifying, assessing and managing financial, environmental and social risks in private (inc blended) financial investment in community-led conservation in the Global South.  Developing a common typology provides a structured way to quantitatively assess risk, initially for investors and their advisors. Risk-return calculations require quantitative measure as uncertainties will absolutely limit the potential of scaling investments in this space. Therefore the research intends to make a contribution to the quantity and appropriate structuring of conservation finance that reaches and positively supports indigenous- and community-managed landscapes.

The output from the research will be a publicly-available typology of Financial and Impact (Environmental and Social) Risks and their mitigations for investing in community-led conservation in the Global South. 

Responses are sought from
- Investors, bankers, and fund managers 
- IPLCs and related stakeholders e.g. Residents in or near a community-led conservation area, affected group, or civil society; Traditional Authority or Government representatives
- Advisors and other financial intermediaries seeking to arrange transactions, and/or entrepreneurs or managers related to biodiversity enterprises  
 
The survey will take around 25 minutes to complete, and responses are appreciated by Tuesday 6 September 2022
 
Data protection and confidentiality
Your name, location and organisation will be kept confidential; they are used for validation of the questionnaire only. Your email address will be used only to send you the results after completion of the study. 
 
Researchers
- Jessica Smith, Nature Lead at UNEP Finance Initiative*
- Dr Frank Hawkins, IUCN / Steering Committee Member, Coalition for Private Investment in Conservation 
- Gaurav Gupta, Safeguards Coordinator - Climate Finance, UNEP 
- A/Prof Dr Latif Alhassan, an associate professor in development and insurance finance at the Development Finance Centre (DEFIC), University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business 
- Dr Colleen Corrigan, Senior Advisor, Pure Strategies 
- Josep Oriol, Managing Partner, Okavango Capital Partners
- Dr Monika Bertzky, Senior Manager and Head of Safeguards, Asesoramient

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