The resilience of conservation initiatives, including protected areas, depends in great measure on their financial sustainability. Addressing funding requirements through an appropriate mix of public funding, revenues and innovative financial arrangements that support conservation efforts, including best practices of governance, accountability and financial management, is a key aspect to achieve conservation outcomes.
Several efforts over the past few years are brought together in this workshop. Analyses of the costs and sources of funding at regional level, lessons learned regarding the utility of conservation trust funds and project financing, experiences with sustainable financing at system and site scale, and the prospects of innovative financing mechanisms will be presented. Most importantly, the workshop will take stock of the prospects for achieving success in the future.