The CBF was invited to present as part of The Yale Center for Business and the Environment’s (CBEY) 2014-2015 season of the webinar series, "Nature’s Returns: Investing in Ecosystem Services"; The season started off with a mini-series on Regional Initiatives: A Strategy for Removing Barriers and Moving to Landscape Scale. The mini-series highlighted regional initiatives, both international and domestic, that serve as scalable models and approaches to spur major institutional investments.
Mr. Yabanex Batista participated in the first in this mini-series that featured a talk on Bright Spots for Resource Mobilization: Regional Trusts, along with Willy Kostka of the Micronesia Conservation Trust.
In this webinar, Mr. Batista discussed how the Caribbean Challenge Initiative is a regional model for leveraging large-scale public and private sector commitment towards common goals. The webinar highlighted the enabling factors that support regional trusts as financial vehicles to attract and provide long-term, sustainable funding for biodiversity conservation. In addition, it was detailed how countries within their respective regions have capitalized on their natural resources to generate revenue for the trust funds.