Conservation Finance Program
The Conservation Finance Program focuses on the protection and management of biodiversity and natural resources and is mainly supported through the Endowment Fund. The proceeds of this Fund are channeled through the partner national conservation trust funds (NCTFs), who in turn lead the grant-making programs at the national level. CBF and NCTFs work together in the design and implementation of additional financial mechanisms that provide the required 1-to-1 match to the CBF resources.
The Program also includes an organizational development component aimed at strengthening the network of conservation trust funds that are part of the regional Financial Architecture.
Partner donors to date include the Government of Germany through the German Development Bank (KfW), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) — through the World Bank and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
In addition to the above Participating Countries, there are also countries and territories that are Observers to the CBF Board. Each Observer Country has an observing representative on the Board that serve as the national focal point on CBF matters. The CBF is currently looking for funding that can be earmarked for the Observer Countries, at which point they can have a National Fund to become a CBF Partner.