Conservation Note

United States of America

Last updated 11 May 2020, by Impactyield.

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The Nature Conservancy’s Conservation Note is a fixed income product that channels capital to conservation-critical lands and waters, providing increased capacity to finance high-priority conservation projects around the world. Examples of projects include property being resold to a government agency, institution, or conservation buyer, with easements or restrictions in place to ensure that the Conservancy’s long-term conservation objectives for the project are met.

Private capital can therefore leverage public dollars for conservation. Individual and institutional investors earn a fixed rate of interest, while generating environmental returns that are measured in acres protected, landscapes preserved, and habitat restored.

Asset class


Fund style

Not listed

Financial description

The Notes are backed by the full faith and credit of The Nature Conservancy and carry a Aa2 rating from Moody's.
Investor can select an interest rate of between 0% and 2%, depending on term. The Conservancy may honor early redemption requests at its discretion, but penalties will apply. The Conservancy may call and repurchase the Notes at any time. Please see the prospectus for more details.

11 years

of track record


the year funded

25,000,000 USD


Asset manager

SDG goals

SDG targets

Increase financial resources to conserve and sustainably use ecosystem and biodiversity

Sustainable food production and resilient agricultural practices

Improve water quality, wastewater treatment and safe reuse

Key performance indicators

Fund overview

Asset manager: The Nature Conservancy

Product track record: Fund has 11 years of track record

Target IRR: 2.5%

Committed Capital: 0 USD (US Dollar)

Target return category: Below risk-adjusted market-rate of return

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Product status:


Inception year: 2012

Vintage year: 2012

Target region: ,

Target close date: n.a.

Product term: 1, 3, or 5 years

Assets under management: 25,000,000 USD (US Dollar)

Investment size: Min: 0; Max: 0; Avg: 0

Co-investment policy:

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Fund investments to date: 105

Fund investments to date exited or repaid: 56

Management fee: n.a.

Carried interest: n.a.

Hurdle rate: n.a.

GIIN Investors' Council Investment: No

Limited Partners / Investors: n.a.

Limited Partner / Investor Type: Development Finance Institution (DFI), Endowments/Foundations, Family Office, Other Institutional Investors, Retail Investors


E-mail: n.a.


Phone number: 888-879-4110

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Melissa Weigel

Manager, Investment Partnerships

Impact Performance


Impact thesis

The bulk of the Conservancy’s resources — human and financial — are focused on working with others to execute the conservation strategies we develop together. In its early years, the Conservancy focused largely on land acquisition to achieve its mission to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Over the decades, in response to increasing environmental threats, we have expanded the array of methods and tools we use to achieve lasting conservation results. In each place we work, we tailor our approach to local circumstances — natural and human — using science-driven methods, tools and techniques that have proven successful in addressing conservation challenges. Our projects include compatible economic development; conservation land acquisition; market-based conservation transactions; innovative conservation finance; public finance campaigns; conservation-friendly public policies; restoring degraded lands; working with business, public agencies, and community organizations.

Impact Management


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