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Tamarisk Coalition defines “sustainable funding” as a perpetual revenue stream that is sufficient in magnitude to accomplish a program’s goals and reliable enough to confidently develop long-term maintenance and monitoring programs. Achieving sustainable funding can be a challenging and complex process. However, there are many different mechanisms that can be pursued to work towards sustainable funding.
To help our partners begin to identify some of the sustainable funding mechanisms that might makes sense for them we completed two studies and collaborated on a third. Each study examines different examples of sustainable funding models and governance structures used in restoration programs.
Sustainable Funding Options for a Comprehensive Riparian Restoration Initiative in the Colorado River Basin by Tamarisk Coalition –This paper is explores potential long-term and sustainable funding options that will be necessary for the successful implementation of a Colorado River Basin riparian restoration initiative. For the purpose of this paper, sustainable funding is defined, as a perpetual revenue stream that is sufficient in magnitude to accomplish a program’s goals and reliable enough to confidently develop long-term maintenance and monitoring programs. Link to document.
- A Compendium of Financing Sources and Tools to Fund Freshwater Conservation by The Nature Conservancy provides an overview of traditional and innovative funding sources that can be used to finance freshwater conservation. While this document was produced for TNC’s Colorado River Program, the information presented is intended to serve as a general reference applicable to a variety of freshwater conservation finance challenges. Although historically applied mainly for land conservation, most traditional funding sources can be adapted and used to finance freshwater conservation activities as well.
Watershed Governance Structure & Funding Mechanisms: Considerations for a Colorado River Basin Restoration Initative by Tamarisk Coalition summarizes governance structure information acquired during the analysis of watershed initiative case studies examined for the 2011 Tamarisk Coalition report Sustainable Funding Options for a Comprehensive Riparian Restoration Initiative in the Colorado River Basin. The purpose of this document is to provide an overview of the types of governance structure models employed in other restoration watershed initiatives and to determine which models had the greatest success in achieving sustainable funding. These models were then assessed in terms of their applicability to the Colorado River Basin. The goal of this report is to inform future discussions about establishing a Colorado River Basin restoration initiative.