ConservationLeadership Network

Collaborative Solutions

Upcoming Courses

Collaborative learning is our niche, and we are achieving results. Our community capacity workshops on green infrastructure are leading to the establishment of green infrastructure plans, and our tourism assessments are changing communities! By providing an open, welcoming and neutral environment for learning and dialogue, we inspire participants to test new ideas, exchange information, and form lasting partnerships. Upcoming courses are listed below; courses can also be viewed by Training Tracks.

June 22, 2015
EPA-USDA National Workshop on Water Quality Markets
USDA and EPA are cosponsoring a National Workshop on Water Quality Markets. This event is hosted by the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska and coordinated by The Conservation Fund. The Workshop will highlight recent progress in water quality trading across the country with an emphasis on policy, resources, and tool development. The Workshop will provide EPA and USDA with an opportunity to lay out their vision for the role of water quality markets in advancing conservation and water quality goals, and provide you with the tools to engage in water quality markets. There is a nominal registration fee of $100 per participant.

Register Here Registration Deadline: Friday, August 14th, 2015

The Workshop will feature: 

  • Regional water quality trading forums
  • Conservation finance opportunities
  • Stormwater trading
  • Payments for watershed services programs and other related environmental markets
  • Recent developments in Economics, Science & Technology
  • And much more...

Who should attend:

Agriculture and water resource professionals; including Federal, State and Local government representatives, NGOs, and agricultural, business and environmental stakeholders interested in water quality and environmental markets.


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July 13, 2015
Conservation banking is a tool to conserve species and their habitat, while simultaneously streamlining the mitigation process for regulatory agencies, bank sponsors, project permittees and credit buyers. This course is designed to foster collaboration among regulators, bankers and users ensuring that all entities have a thorough grounding in conservation banking policy in order to facilitate the establishment of banks and in-lieu fee programs on the ground. In addition to covering the core elements of conservation banking establishment and implementation, In-Lieu Fee and other associated credit trading systems and concepts will be addressed.

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