The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies’ International Society of Tropical Foresters (ISTF) is delighted to invite youto participate in our 1st Annual ISTF Innovation Prize: The Forest Finance Innovation Prize. The prize contest will take place at the 20th Annual ISTF Conference at Yale School of Forestry &Environmental Studies, to be held on January 30, 2014 - February 1, 2014.
Inspired on the conference’s theme “Forest as Capital: Top-down and bottom-up finance approaches to conserve tropical forests”, the ISTF Forest Finance Innovation Prize aims to bring to attention practical and strategic finance initiatives designed to conserve tropical forest ecosystems and that answer either (but not limited to) of the following:
Forest Conservation initiatives in any stage of development, from any sector, (academia, non-profit, business, governmental) scale, and tropical region are eligible. A local institution from the region of project implementation must be involved.
Selection and award
Projects will be judged by a review panel consisting of representatives of foundation donors, project investors and developers, environmental economics experts, applied researchers, and financial consultants, together with the ISTF team. The committee will select 3 finalists to present their initiatives at the ISTF Conference at Yale, with conference fees, transportation, and lodging costs covered. Finalists must be at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies from January 31 to February 1. The winning proposal will be announced during the conference awards ceremony on February 1 and awarded with a monetary prize of US$5,000, generously provided by the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation.
November 17, 2013: Deadline for submissions of concept note
November 27, 2013: Announcement of 3 finalists
November 27 to December 5, 2013: Finalists travel arrangements
January 31, 2014: Finalists oral presentation
February 1, 2014: Winner announcement and awards
Read more about the competition here.