Wildlife & Land, Water, Program Design
Partners in the Colorado River Delta have set ambitious goals to restore and conserve tens of thousands of acres of functional habitat across the region. This will require both the long-term stewardship of thousands of acres of existing or remnant habitat, and implementing almost thousands of new acres of restoration. To achieve this goal, the Delta partners needs new tools to scale fundraising, restoration, stewardship, and adaptive management capacity to manage a hundred thousand habitat acres for decades.
Environmental Incentives was hired by the Walton Family Foundation to investigate the potential for creating a framework to facilitate investment in restoration and ongoing stewardship across the Delta. We developed the Colorado Delta Conservation Funding Framework to enable the Delta partners to scale and achieve the long-term financial and institutional sustainability necessary to support conservation success throughout the Delta – including water, restoration and stewardship needs. The Conservation Funding Framework will enable the partners in the Delta to 1) coordinate restoration efforts and demonstrate project-scale accomplishments in reportable units that inspire investment from donors, and 2) raise and manage long-term stewardship funds such that today’s restoration projects do not become tomorrow’s financial liabilities.
As a result of work in 2015, Environmental Incentives is continuing to work with the Walton Family Foundation and the Delta partners to develop performance measures reflecting ecological success criteria, as a key element of the Conservation Funding Framework. These measurable units will provide the evidence for consistent success reporting, and underpin fundraising requests for long-term stewardship.