Building on TxN’s success and lessons learned from facilitating the Texas Water Action Collaborative, the Texas Collaborative Conservation Network (TCCN) is piloting in the Texas Hill Country to match funders with conservation projects that provide quantifiable and verifiable water, carbon, and biodiversity ecosystem service benefits.
Texas’ landscape and conservation opportunities are varied, unique, and often massive in scale. Boasting the 9th largest economy in the world, the same can be said for Texas’ industry leadership in energy, food, tech, agriculture, and manufacturing. These areas of leadership offer a significant opportunity to build a model which pairs local conservation with global Environmental Social Governance (ESG) strategy – a model which provides funding and support for local efforts that return measurable benefits in carbon, water, biodiversity, social good, and economic growth. The goal of building this conservation network is to match corporate funding and strategy to local opportunities.
TCCN has established a first-of-its-kind matching methodology that brings together conservation projects, reporting metrics, and verified credits into one linear process. This network has the potential to be replicated globally.
- Development of a replicable, measurable, and verifiable framework for project selection, management, reporting, and best practice sharing
- Identification of a pilot project(s) and development of project repository
- Alignment of goals and metrics between corporate entities, landowners, communities, and conservation groups
- Procurement of funding for pilot project(s) and reporting of process via white-paper
HOW IT WORKS
TEXAS HILL COUNTRY PILOT
TCCN is piloting in the Texas Hill Country to create and prove a voluntary ecosystem services collaborative that drives and compensates conservation action in this region’s unique karst landscape. This mitigates the ecological impact of fragmentation, benefits the quality and volume of water, restores and preserves biodiversity, positively impacts human health, and enhances economic opportunities. This pilot will serve as a model for expansion of the collaborative at a statewide scale.
Opportunities in the collaborative will generate ecosystem services benefits such as carbon sequestration, water replenishment, biodiversity growth, etc. Investors will fund the conservation work taking place, and in turn, own the claims and/or potential verified credits generated.
PARTICIPATE IN PROJECT MATCHING
If you have projects, programs, or initiatives that need funding and can articulate the ecosystem benefits, please complete the online survey or download and fill out this document – please email a completed copy in Google Doc or Word Doc format to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need support quantifying your impact, check out our Conservation Service Resource Guide.
Once you complete the survey, Texan by Nature will score your submission and will work with you to create a project funding proposal that will be utilized to identify funders.
Texan by Nature is looking for partners to underwrite the strategy, facilitation, and reporting work of the TCCN. Contact us to learn more.
JOIN THE DIALOGUE
REGISTER for quarterly TCCN Stakeholder Meetings in 2024. During these meetings potential pilot projects share updates on their progress and guest speakers share lessons learned on ecosystem benefits measurement.