Conservation Finance Intensive 2022

October 27, 2022
October 27, 2022

The Conservation Finance Intensive took place as an in-person event on Thursday 27 October in Canberra. Brought to you by ALCA and partner Trust for Nature (Victoria).

Recordings of all sessions are available to purchase until Friday 16 December. Once purchased, the recordings will be available to view until 31 January 2022.


Purchase the recordings here


Thank you to the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water; Accounting for Nature and Wildlife Bank Trust for their support of the event.

Financing for nature – what’s driving it and what are the opportunities?


Date: Thursday 27 October 2022


Venue: QT Canberra – The Eureka Room, 1 London Circuit, Canberra ACT


Ticket price: $110 per person


This year’s intensive will focus on the current global drivers of investments in nature and how those drivers are influencing action by the private sector, government and the non-profit sector. The intensive will be packed with case studies, panel sessions and analysis from overseas and Australia, plus interactive roundtables that will dive into some of our most promising opportunities to unlock more investment. Join the growing network of conservation finance practitioners across the non-profit, private and public sectors.


Guided by conservation finance leaders and experienced facilitators Marnie Lassen and Dr Adrian Ward you will explore challenges and opportunities related to the following themes:


Global frameworks driving investments in nature

Hear about global frameworks and investment policies that are driving investments in nature.

  • Dr Adrian Ward, CEO, Accounting for Nature
  • Travis Anklam, Projects and Education Coordinator, Centre for Natural Resources and Environment Policy, University of Montana


What is the private sector investing in and why?

Investigate what’s really driving private sector investment in nature and explore the opportunities.

  • Simon O’Connor, CEO and Executive Director, Responsible Investment Association Australasia
  • Laura Waterford, Director, Pollination
  • Bláthnaid Byrne, Director, Sustainable Finance & ESG, Commonwealth Bank
  • Lucy Friend, Environment Manager, North Queensland Airports
  • Dr Adrian Ward, CEO, Accounting for Nature


Government’s role in driving increased investments in nature

Explore the role of government in investing in the public good, building and implementing frameworks that drive private investment and building confidence in existing and emerging markets.

  • Gillian Mayne, Director Natural Capital Programs, Queensland Department of Environment and Science
  • Melissa Sinclair, General Manager Shared Value Partnerships & Impacts, APN Cape York
  • Kate Smillie, Manager Private Land Conservation Programs, NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust
  • Justin Story, Principal, Aither
  • Marnie Lassen, Statewide Operations Manager, Trust for Nature


How are conservation and Indigenous land management organisations meeting the emerging demand for nature financing?

  • Sean Appoo, Project Manager, Aboriginal Carbon Foundation
  • Heath Evans, Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer, Wilderlands
  • Nick Mogford, Executive Manager Strategy, Innovation and Business Development, Bush Heritage Australia
  • Rachael Cavanagh, Senior Executive Community Programs and Stakeholder Engagement, Firesticks Alliance Indigenous Corporation


More information about the speakers.