One of the world's greatest treasures is its land. To protect that land for the future, a group of dedicated environmental entrepreneurs is pioneering a new set of tools for land conservation deals. Drawing on his vast experience in both business and land conservation at The Nature Conservancy, William Ginn offers a practical guide to the latest innovations and a road map to the most effective way to implement the ideas. From conservation investment banking to new tax incentives that encourage companies to do the "right" thing, Ginn goes beyond theories to present real-world strategies to save land.
"Land trusts need to make new friends and find new approaches to protect natural areas before it is too late. If you are looking for creative, new ways to save land, read this book!"
Former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Age
- William D. Ruckelshaus
"One thing that has become clear is if we can lie up environmental protection and economic incentives, we can make enormous progress. This book provides a blueprint for how to do that and should be read by everyone concerned with a strong economy and a clean environment."
William Ginn is a businessman-turned-conservation practitioner who has helped The Nature Conservancy protect over 1.5 million acres of forestland through dozens of innovative deals. He is currently director of the Forest Conservation Program at The Nature Conservancy.
List of Figures, Tables, and Boxes
Introduction: The Scale of Nature
PART I. Conservation Investment Banking
Chapter 1. Partnering with Big Timber
Chapter 2. Debt for Nature: The Story of the Katahdin Forest
Chapter 3. Bankruptcy and Biodiversity
Chapter 4. Investing with an Attitude
PART II. Creating New Environmental Markets
Chapter 5. Carbon and Forests
Chapter 6. The Bank of Nature
Part III. Incentives
Chapter 7. Chapter 7: :Greening Business
Chapter 8. Tax Credits for Conservation
Chapter 9. Incentives for Working Landscapes
PART IV. The Path Forward:
Chapter 10. If You Build It, Will They Come?
Chapter 11. Conservation at the Scale of Nature
Chapter 12. Crossing the Divide