CCIF - Project and Activity List

Western Pacific Programs Sustainable Finance Assistance (2008-2009). CCIF conducted an assessment of conservation programs in the Pacific on behalf of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation to determine appropriate sustainable finance initiative opportunities and requirements that the Foundation’s Western Pacific program might support (e.g. MPA or MPA network financing plans, trust fund design, or microfinance arrangements, etc.). CCIF coordinated and consulted with partners and made site visits to conduct further consultations. CCIF documented and presented opportunities that emerged from this exercise and is now developing plans to implement projects in the Republic of Palau and Fiji in collaboration with Packard Foundation partners in those countries, the projects will focus on conservation trust fund development, MPA network financial planning, and institutional business planning.

 

Marine Ecosystem-based Management Tool Innovation Fund, Global. (2008). CCIF received a grant from Duke University as part of The Marine Ecosystem-based Management Tool Innovation Fund to develop a web-based conservation finance tool; The MPA Financial Management Tool, a highly pragmatic and straight-forward model that allows for the mapping out of and managing of operational costs within marine protected areas. Specifically, it provides practitioners with an overview of the current financial situation of various MPAs, how to ensure that resource allocation is in-line with the management objectives, how to use financial and physical resources in a more efficient manner, and how to develop sustainable financing portfolios.

 

For more information please see MPA Cost Model and MPA Cost Model Instruction Manual.

 

MPA Learning Network. (2008). CCIF participated in a 2 day workshop in the Philippines, Learning Partnership for MPA Networks within the Coral Triangle, along with CI, TNC, WWF, WCS and other partners. CCIF conducted a session on sustainable finance and MPA network costing and management effectiveness.

 

For more information on Learning Partnership for MPA Networks within the Coral Triangle and the workshop please visit (http://conserveonline.org/library/mpa-networks-in-the-coral-triangle-development-and/view.html).

 

Private Marine Conservation Agreements. (2008). CCIF, in collaboration with Conservation International (CI) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC), co-planned and facilitated an invitational three-day workshop of U.S. and international experts to assess how conservation agreements can contribute to protecting the world's oceans and coasts. The goals of the workshop were to develop a long-term vision of strategy success; identify relevant opportunities, organizations, and stakeholders; determine needed action, support, and funding; and initiate global recognition and acceptance of private marine conservation agreements.

 

For more information on private marine conservation agreements please visit The Nature Conservancy's website (http://www.leaseown.org/) for additional information on a Practitioner's Toolkit for Marine Conservation Agreements.

 

Raja Ampat Marine Protected Areas, Papua, Indonesia. (2008). On behalf of Conservation International (CI), CCIF assessed four protected areas (PA) in the Birds Head Seascape from a financial standpoint. This included reviewing and understanding current and planned activities, conducting a detailed cost analysis, developing detailed budgets/cost models for each PA, and designing a sustainable financing strategy for each PA and the Network of PAs.

 

Pacific Leatherback Turtle Conservation Fund, Pacific Ocean (2007). CCIF worked with The Ocean Foundation and the Western Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Council to design and develop a Pacific Leatherback Turtle Conservation Fund which is set to attract and focus funds on the most critical priorities for leatherback turtles across the Pacific. CCIF conducted research and analysis on the current state of knowledge and existing information from which to make recommendations regarding focal areas, priorities, issues and costs.

 

For more information please see Pacific Leatherback Turtle Conservation Fund Business Plan Executive Summary.

 

Berau Marine Conservation Area, Kalimantan, Indonesia (2007). On behalf of Conservation International (CI), CCIF was hired to conduct a systematic evaluation and analysis of the existing KKL Berau management, governance and financial situation, and to prepare a full cost model based on this information. Additionally, CCIF is working on developing a comprehensive financing strategy for KKL Berau.

 

El Nido Taytay National Marine Resources Protected Area Financial and Operational Management Evaluation, Palawan, Philippines (2006). The El Nido Foundation hired CCIF to conduct a systematic evaluation of the management, governance, and financial situation of ENTMRPA, and to recommend effective, long-term conservation management and financial priorities. CCIF examined the current activities in ENTMRPA, made recommendations for an optimal approach to conserving the region, and determined the costs associated with implementing effective conservation.

 

Bunaken National Park, Sulawesi, Indonesia. (2006). CCIF conducted an assessment of the management and financing needs of the Bunaken National Park and developed an initial cost model. CCIF also assisted in the development of a GEF project concept with WWF.

 

Komodo National Park Budget Analysis and Report, Flores, Indonesia (2006). On behalf of The Nature Conservancy and Putri Naga Komodo, CCIF provided analysis and modeling support to develop a detailed budget corresponding to the actual management activities of PNK and TNC which was submitted to and accepted by the International Finance Corporation as part of their GEF project requirements.

 

Karimunjawa National Park financial needs assessment, Java, Indonesia (2005). On behalf of WCS, CCIF provided an initial assessment of the Karimunjawa National Park management, governance and financial situation.

 

Wakatobi National Park Financial Needs Assessment, Sulawesi, Indonesia (2005). On behalf of The Nature Conservancy, CCIF was hired to conduct an initial evaluation and analysis of the Wakatobi National Park management, governance and financial situation, and to prepare a full cost model based on this information.

 

Conservation Incentive Agreements Research and Seminar, Indonesia (2005). CCIF supported CI on the assessment of conservation agreements in Papua, Indonesia. In October and December 2005 CCIF coordinated and facilitated 1-day and 3-day (respectively) seminars in Bali, Indonesia on community conservation incentive agreements in Eastern Indonesia and Melanesia. The seminar brought together a key group of experts from community incentive projects in region as well as representatives of key international funding organizations to provide NGO staff with an opportunity to learn to design long term funding proposals according to the requirements of key international funders, and provide key international funders with an opportunity to learn about the funding needs and conservation opportunities in a select portfolio of community conservation agreements in the Western Pacific.

 

Mesoamerican Reef Fund Business Plan, Central America. (2005). Working with California Environmental Associates, CCIF staff assisted in the initial development of an integrated 10 year business plan / fund raising strategy for the Mesoamerican Reef Fund.

 

The Marine Aquarium Market Transformation Initiative (MAMTI), Indonesia and the Philippines (2004-2007). CCIF collaborated with MAC and Reef Check as part of the Marine Aquarium Market Transformation Initiative. CCIF provided the required intervention to ensure that the marine ornamental fish collectors and traders have the business skills and financial resources needed to participate in a sustainable trade, focusing in four key issues: 1. business capacity & financial needs analysis; 2. business training; 3. business mentoring; and 4. developing micro finance (MF) solutions and partnerships.

 

Assessing the Potential for Conservation Concessions in Indonesia (2003). CCIF assessed and reported on the establishment of conservation concessions in various areas of Indonesia. Securing and establishing “conservation concessions” in order to preserve an area’s resources and habitat provides an alternative to destructive natural resource extraction concessions (logging, mining, fishing, etc.). Under such an arrangement local resource users agree to protect natural resources, and the ecosystems they support, in exchange for a steady stream of structured compensation.

 

World Commission on Protected Areas MPA Network Fund Analysis, SE Asia (2003). On behalf of The World Conservation Union’s World Commission on Protected Areas Southeast Asia Marine Working Group, CCIF conducted an analysis and plan to manage and finance a network of marine protected areas in Southeast Asia. The business plan included financial projections, potential revenue sources, detailed cost estimates, organizational designs required and action plans.

 

For more information please see Analysis on The Sustainable Financing of a Network of Marine Protected Areas in Southeast Asia

 

The Coral Triangle Center, Indonesia (2003). On behalf of The Nature Conservancy, CCIF developed an ambitious and detailed vision for the operation of the Coral Triangle Center (formerly the SEACMPA program), a program with the primary goal to build and strengthen a resilient group of marine protected area networks within priority functional seascapes of the Coral Triangle area of Southeast Asia. This paper looked at the program plans over a ten year period and the minimum critical success factors required to achieve their goals. CCIF also completed a detailed budgeting process for the CTC.

 

Assessment of the Conservation Solutions for the Togean Islands, Sulawesi, Indonesia. (2003). CCIF worked with CI and GCF to design and assess appropriate conservation options for the Togean Islands. The assessment covered both terrestrial and marine conservation. The resulting recommendations were used by CI , to strengthen conservation strategy in Togean Islands.

 

Reef Product Alliance Business Plan. Pacific Ocean. (2001). CCIF lead a team of venture capitalists and tropical fisheries experts on the development of a business plan which calls for the creation of a separate, for-profit limited liability investment corporation, the Reef Product Alliance (RPA). RPA’s objective is to finance the conversion of leading companies in the international aquarium fish and marine ornamentals trade to fully sustainable practices. Professional will manage RPA. The plan identified specific companies interested in formally integrating to create integrated supply chains from the United States into both Indonesia and the Philippines. The RPA business plan development was funded through grants from the Packard Foundation and the International Finance Corporation.

 

For more information please see Reef Product Alliance Business Plan Summary and Reef Product Alliance Business Plan.


Small-Medium Enterprise Business Training Program, Indonesia and the Philippines. (2005). CCIF developed business training and mentoring program for coastal community Small-Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in support of the International Finance Corporation - Program for Eastern Indonesia Small-Medium Enterprise Assistance (PENSA). PENSA’s objectives included increasing access to finance; improving business performance; and strengthening the enabling environment for business. In addition, we hosted numerous seminars and training of trainers for this program on behalf of PENSA.

 

The Marine Aquarium Market Transformation Initiative (MAMTI), Indonesia and the Philippines (2004-2007). CCIF collaborated with MAC and Reef Check as part of the Marine Aquarium Market Transformation Initiative. CCIF provided the required intervention to ensure that the marine ornamental fish collectors and traders have the business skills and financial resources needed to participate in a sustainable trade, focusing in four key issues: 1. business capacity & financial needs analysis; 2. business training; 3. business mentoring; and 4. developing micro finance (MF) solutions and partnerships.

 

The Coral Triangle Center, Indonesia (2003). On behalf of The Nature Conservancy, CCIF developed an ambitious and detailed vision for the operation of the Coral Triangle Center (formerly the SEACMPA program), a program with the primary goal to build and strengthen a resilient group of marine protected area networks within priority functional seascapes of the Coral Triangle area of Southeast Asia. This paper looked at the program plans over a ten year period and the minimum critical success factors required to achieve their goals. CCIF also completed a detailed budgeting process for the CTC.

 

Economic Alternatives for the Togean Islands, Sulawesi, Indonesia. (2003 -2004). On behalf of Conservation International, CCIF assessed and determined the best economic development opportunities for the two priority areas chosen, Kabalutan and Kilat Bay. CCIF assessed four proposed economic alternative activities: 1) the live reef food fish trade; 2) pelagic fishing; 3) mariculture; and, 4) community-based tourism. In addition, we assessed the necessary micro-financing options required for and available to each specific recommendation.


Capacity Building in NGO-Corporate Seafood Partnerships, Global (2008-2009). On behalf of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, CCIF updated the map of the sustainable seafood corporate partnership landscape, outlined the current capacity within the Packard grantee community, and identified the resources and competencies needed to fulfill current and upcoming partnerships.

 

Seafood Sustainability Metrics, Global (2008). On behalf of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, CCIF developed a methodology to track the progress of the Foundation’s seafood market transformation work and also provided baseline data for the tracking effort. CCIF defined and researched metrics in five overarching categories: industry engagement in sustainable seafood, certification of seafood, issue salience of “sustainable seafood,” US seafood consumption and consumer demographic analysis.

 

Sea Change Fund, California. (2004). CCIF conducted due diligence and supported the design of the Sea Change Investment Fund which seeks to make profitable investments in progressive companies that promote access to seafood from environmentally preferable sources.

 

For more information on Sea Change Fund please visit (http://www.seachangemanagement.com/).

 

Funding Opportunities for Pollinator Protection in North America, North America (2003). CCIF conducted research and published a report for the Pollinator Protection Campaign, with Support from the Turner Foundation.

 

For more information please see Funding Opportunities for Pollinator Protection in North America

 

Opportunities for Philanthropic Investors in Biodiversity Conservation Incentive Systems, Global (2001-2003). CCIF provided support to various private and institutional investors seeking to structure and syndicate ‘green’ investment funds, including VC funds, timber investment management organizations, foundation PRI programs, and conservation funds.

 

Queen of the Seas Science and Research Vessel Business Plan, Indonesia (2002). CCIF developed a business plan for a science and recreational vessel planning to operate in the Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape.

 

Reef Product Alliance Business Plan. Pacific Ocean. (2001). CCIF lead a team of venture capitalists and tropical fisheries experts on the development of a business plan which calls for the creation of a separate, for-profit limited liability investment corporation, the Reef Product Alliance (RPA). RPA’s objective is to finance the conversion of leading companies in the international aquarium fish and marine ornamentals trade to fully sustainable practices. Professional will manage RPA. The plan identified specific companies interested in formally integrating to create integrated supply chains from the United States into both Indonesia and the Philippines. The RPA business plan development was funded through grants from the Packard Foundation and the International Finance Corporation.

 

For more information please see Reef Product Alliance Business Plan Summary and Reef Product Alliance Business Plan.

 

Analysis of Destructive Reef Fishing Practices in the Indo-Pacific. Pacific Ocean. (2001). CCIF conducted a multi-month assessment and analysis of the economic drivers of destructive fishing practices in the Indo-Pacific region – specially looking at Fiji, Indonesia, Australia and the Philippines. A report summarizes our findings was published as a companion to CCIF’s RPA Business Plan.

 

For more information please see Analysis of Destructive Reef Fishing Practices in the Indo-Pacific

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