Hi, I am Olha Krushelnytska, the founder of the group. My short bio:
Environmental finance and natural resource management specialist with international development experience. Private sector experience in consulting with focus on developing new business lines. Level II CFA candidate. Currently working on innovative financial structures and mechanisms for green investments. Full bio at https://www.linkedin.com/in/olha-krushelnytska-4b97281/
Looking forward to virtually meeting everybody.
Thank you for Bio Olha Krushelnytska, I will also connect on LinkedIn. How did you get started in the Green Finance field?
My short Bio: 30 years non-profit and volunteer engagement capacity building. Premium Advisory Services - Collaboration and Communities of Practice (CoPs) supporting team across the World Bank Group. Full bio or
Hi excited to be a part of this group and thanks Olha for this brilliant initiative. I completely agree that we need to (a) share (b) broaden our horizons beyond just the usual climate finance projects (c) cross pollinate learning across different sectors/global practices.
I am Leela and am currently supporting the Environment team in Jakarta. As an economist with over seven years of work experience in the climate change and renewable energy space across Indonesia, Cambodia and India, I am quite keen on sharing and broadening my perspectives beyond just climate finance. My current role includes working and assessing options for results based finance for sustainable land use ( particularly peatlands and lowland development) and public finance through fiscal policy for low carbon pathways. Previously I worked with climate finance think tank Climate Policy Initiative and entered into the foray of climate finance as the lead negotiator for climate finance on behalf of the youth constituency for the UNFCCC negotiations and the additional group on finance. This year I have started exploring other sectors and applications of green finance beyond climate, starting with a brief on opportunities for impact investments in sustainable fisheries for US Foundations. I am also currently a scholarship candidate for the Green Finance Specialist degree by RENAC- The Renewable Energy Academy Berlin where I am learning more about Energy efficiency finance, green banking and green infrastructure finance. Very keen on sharing and learning perspectives - especially from projects on the ground and/or in the region.
Nice to e-meet you all.
Hi Leela Raina I was just reading back over your introduction to the Green Finance Community of Practice. You have a broad background. How did you get started in the Green Finance field? Also, could you share a bit more about the Green Finance Specialist degree you mentioned, why and how did this capture your interest in particular?
Hi all, I'm grateful for the initiative of this CoP.
My background is economic development/SDGs with a specialisation on supply chain management and green/cricular business models, which has lead me to investigate novel and green finance modalities... Currently I am involved in a research group on corporate green bonds.
Looking forward to co-create a useful space to strengthen and exchange on knowledge and implementation experience of green finance bringing in all our different perspectives and disciplines.
You can find me on LinkedIn as well. Till soon !
Hey Olha, thank you for having me !
We look into several aspects, of which the first one concentrates on demand patterns for green bonds versus conventional bonds.
I can gladly share more about the research results once we are a little bit further down the road (Nov/Dec this year).
Best regards, Karin
My name is Jorge Llanos and I will be part of your journey on the subject of your group.
I am an architect with a Master in Urban Design and very interested in aspects related to green resilience, finance, and procurement under a severe system of climate change and a willing effort to sustainability transition.
Currently, we are developing sustainable means for conserving agricultural areas within zoning and land use regulations which are constantly beaten by hazardous climate change. Some areas are not recoverable due to topographical disarrangement and relocation becomes an inherent option so we have to rely upon pre-evaluation of areas before decisions are determined. In the past, these aspects were solved by good engineering that still provides an affordable example of know how to a limit.
I am hoping to be able to share your insights on matters that are related to green financing and how they may relate to common issues of applying green financial applications & development.
Re: "Currently, we are developing sustainable means for conserving agricultural areas within zoning and land use regulations which are constantly beaten by hazardous climate change." This is a very interesting challenge (set of challenges) that other Green Finance members may relate to personally or professionally.
Perhaps this could be a moderated "eDiscussion" with other members of the group - you can share additional background, what you are working on, and key challenges you are facing. Other members can ask clarifying question and perhaps recommend solutions, what they are working on, and interesting transferrable approaches. I would like to virtually introduce you to four other core group members for this community - Olha Krushelnytska, karin merle, Carolin Planitzer and William Tarpai.
Reminder: to all members (and potential members). Every member (of Collaboration for Development) and the Green Finances Community of Practice is invited and encouraged to "Actively" participate - Introduce yourself, Ask a Question, Reply or Comment on a question. If you are following the "content" or our Green Finances Community, and you want to actively participate (add content, reply, comment, share...) then become a member.
I agree since my field is not directly related to your member´s experiences. I do have a little knowledge of economics since I bare 50& of an unfinished MBA so I will understand some aspects of financing and their methodologies.
My first question is, considering that changes in climate may harden or may occur and that improvisation is the only means to deal how does green finance approach these circumstances?
In the recovery of families disposed of dwellings, loss of members, etc.
In 2014 I suggested that we should reserve agricultural areas from development due to climate change and a law was passed by the government willingly protecting all agricultural areas from being absorbed by urbanization. Right now we have begun green agriculture from traditional farming methods which do not provide crop conservation from pesticides and vulnerability to chemical ingredients. Therefore, for the first time, I was able to buy a product that is produced free of an artificial or industrialized system. And it tastes better than the industrialized foods.
While I was in New York, there are stores that are natural produce.
My second question is does green finance favor or support these methods?
The reason is that we have to develop a system of farming that can be "out of reach of climate changes" and effects, and I mean not only us.
I am hoping to be helpful too.
thanks for sharing and for reaching out to the CoP Green Finance.
@John, I have re-posted your question on the forum to give it more prominence --> here.
Please feel welcome to add specific questions you might have about fundraising in the eco-tourism sector or environmental conservation space.
@Jorge, I have re-posted your questions --> here. Feel free to add/and refine the questions. I hope our community members can provide some feedback from their own experience and knowledge.
With best wishes
I am Aparajita Banerjee. I am very excited to be a part of this group. I am a native of India now residing in the United States with a doctoral degree in Environmental and Energy Policy. Please find my details in https://www.linkedin.com/in/aparajita-banerjee-6aba9011b/
I look forward to connecting with you all and best wishes for the wonderful work that you do all over the world.
We are looking forward to being connected with you. Please share your green finance stories.
Just go to the upper right "Create" and scroll to "Create discussion" - you can even mark it as a question (if it is a question you post). Please make sure any post is relevant to the group of green finance professionals. Looking forward to read/hear from you.
I am the CEO of Eco-health Adventure Park. (EHAP) EHAP's goal is to create
demonstrable social impact, while generating sustainable long-term
EHAP's TV celebrity Guides and ecology experts will attract millions of
guests to our park.
Our Ecology, Survival and Health seminars will inspire guests
to participate in eco-projects, Survivor training and challenges and
Obstacle Course Races and given the the advertised impact of adrenaline +
*The combination of high adrenaline and relaxing wellness experiences has a
“profoundly relaxing mind-body effect" (120 Global Wellness Institute,
Our Holistic Health spa treatments will rejuvenate guest. Upon such
experiences, more guests will participate in the improvement of the lives
of EHAP's local indigenous people and share their experience back in their
home communities. Our am is for guests to live a more eco-friendly
*The combination of high adrenaline and relaxing wellness experiences has a
“profoundly relaxing mind-body effect" (120 Global Wellness Institute,
EHAP is a new kind of eco-minded vacation resort offering guests of all
ages and abilities a unique combination of trend setting Eco-Projects,
Survival Adventures and Obstacle Courses designed to challenge participants
physically, emotionally and mentally. Guests can also indulge in
stress-reducing spa treatments, healing therapies, guided meditation, yoga
and much more at EHAP’s Holistic Health Spa.
Eco-tourism is in high demand, with nature-based adventure and wellness
tourism growing at unprecedented rates. The Mayan Riviera in Mexico
presents an ideal location for eco-minded adventurers with nearby
archeological ruins in Tulum, endangered species, rich local culture and a
diversity of natural beauty.
Over 10 million tourists visited Cancun and the Mayan Riviera in 2016, and
that number continues to grow along with significant new investment in the
region. Research suggests that eco and adventure tourists account for over
30% of visitors to the Mayan Riviera, implying more than 3,000,000 annual
prospects for EHAP before even taking into account the expected uptick in
overall tourism to the area. The Tulum market in particular is rapidly
outpacing Cancun and Playa de Carmen in attracting top restaurateurs,
hipsters and adventurers, but the area continues to suffer from a shortage
of activities and wallet-friendly attractions. Heightened Tulum government
commitment to sustainable living
dovetails perfectly with EHAP’s eco-centric strategy, positioning EHAP for
success with strong support from local government officials and the Muyil
EHAP is working closely with seasoned local developers and the Muyil
Farmers Association to secure up to 300 hectares of jungle and lagoon
property adjacent to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere. In addition, EHAP is
evaluating potential expansion hectares of beach front property and
non-income producing jungle land ideal for Obstacle Course Races (“OCRs”),
Survivor challenges and beach activities. The Muyil Farmers Association and
senior Tulum government officials have expressed strong interest in
partnering with EHAP due to our commitment to sustainable living and
preservation of local ecology and customs.
Negotiations are progressing, and EHAP expects to reach definitive
agreement on highly favorable lease/purchase terms (50-75% discount to
market value) in January 2018.
With low development costs, trend setting activities, high standards for
eco-friendliness and a growing team of celebrity guides, EHAP is poised for
growth and profitability. In fact, the local developer and Farmers
Association, also owners of EHAP common stock, are confident EHAP will
outperform existing area attractions, attracting five times more visitors
to the Tulum area. EHAP expects average visitors will spend more than $250
per day at EHAP starting in 2019, generating annual gross revenues of $80
million. Xcaret, currently the #1 adventure park in the Mayan Riviera,
draws in more than one million visitors annually. At half that number, EHAP
expects to generate $135 million in revenue in 2020. Based on our expected
growth trajectory, we are well positioned to reach $188 million in revenue
by 2022 and $215 million in 2023.
Thanks to the rampant popularity of survival TV shows and *Ninja
millions of fans want to experience the challenge and joy of being real
life survivors and/or navigating professionally designed obstacle courses.
The demand is there, but there is a shortage of real opportunities to
replicate the *Survivor *experience, and neither Xcaret nor any other
adventure resort in Mexico currently offers obstacle course racing. EHAP is
stepping in to fill that void. Co-founder, TV survivor/adventurer and *Ninja
Warrior *competitor Ozzy Lusth, ranks among the world’s best at physical
challenges on land and sea (as seen on Survivor, where he lasted longer
and won more competitions than any of the other 500+ contestants). Cody
Lundin, a top survival expert, former co-host of *Dual Survival *and owner
of the *Aboriginal Living Skills School *has also signed on, and will
design and oversee EHAP’s Survival Training programs. With Ozzy Lusth, Cody
Lundin and a talented group of other uniquely qualified former
*Ninja Warriors *and survivalists teaming up to design a unique experience,
we expect to attract over 500,000 tourists per year with limitless upside
potential. Millions more will be reached
through EHAP’s website, live event streaming and social media driven
EHAP will be the only adventure resort in the world to offer eco-tourists
the rare opportunity to participate in nature-based eco-projects, survival
challenges and obstacle course races with an experienced team of top
survival show contestants. Our business model is truly one-of-a-kind.
In addition to adrenaline-fueled activities and Eco-projects, EHAP staff
and guests will participate in improving the lives of the local indigenous
people. The goal is to create demonstrable social impact, while generating
long-term financial returns. EHAP will work with government officials and
social groups (Muyil Farmers Association, TIES, World Heritage Foundation)
to channel donations for improving local communities. By 2021, EHAP expects
to direct over $1,000,000 toward converting the Tulum city waste site to
recycling, upgrading schools, clean water initiatives, and medical facility
improvements. In addition, over $500,000 per year will be donated to those
US-based charities selected by EHAP’s Survivor guides.
EHAP wants nothing more than to give back to this beautiful planet and
share the beauty of the Mayan Riviera in Mexico. Ecotourism is defined as
“responsible travel to natural areas that conserve the environment, sustain
the well-being of the local people, and involve interpretation and
education.” (TIES, 2015).
EHAP is developing a comprehensive informational program that will educate
travelers on the protection of endangered species, mangrove conservation,
reef preservation, and the five Rs of ecology; *Refuse *the use of bad
materials, *Reduce *waste material, *Reuse *waste material, *Reform *materials
into different usable shapes and *Recycle *materials as resources.
we will demonstrate how these five Rs of ecology tie into preserving and
improving the well-being of the local people. The name of the company
says it all: Eco-Health Adventure Park (EHAP).
We are now pursuing funding. Website, pitch deck and executive overview are
Thanks for creating this site and happy holidays to all!
John Oljace, ceo
*John Oljace, ceo *
*812.360.9245 ** 800-809-1917*
*Eco-Health Adventure Parks, Inc. *
Where Tourism is not simply a Vacation, but a Journey Inspired by Nature
Where *Eco-Health lifestyles lead to healthier, happier, longer
Featuring: Celebrity Survivor/Adventurer Ozzy Lusth, Survivor,
Obstacle Courses, Eco-projects, Health Spa, World Music & Food
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I'm Darnley Howard, President of Advansa International and Partner at PAN Diaspora Capital Management. I spend most of my time bringing good investors and good projects/companies together, especially in Africa. More on my background can be found on LinkedIn. My interest in green finance stems from my interest in impact investing, particularly impact measurement, and my desire to see responsible and constructive investment in the developing world.
thank you for joining the group here on C4D as well! ( for others who might not know yet: there is a parallel group for green finance professionals on LinkedIn here )
We are looking forward to see you participate in lively discussions, and sharing information/experience.
Perhaps can you share a recent experience in the field of environmental sustainability and/or (green) finance, or perhaps a question in these fields which came up through your work, and how you addressed it?
Darnley Howard and @anyone of the Green Finance Community of Practice : Creating a post is not difficult, just go to the upper right "Create" and scroll to "Create discussion" - you can even mark it as a question if it is a question you post. Please make sure any post is relevant to the group of green finance professionals. Looking forward to read/hear from you.
Have a great day!
I am Daoud Al Deek. I joined C4D since the beginning. I am Assistant Deputy Minister for Planning and Administrative Development/Ministry of Social Development/Palestine. Holding MA degree in Democracy and Human Rights from Bir-Zeit University. I am in charge of policy and strategic planning, budgeting, HR management and HR development, and financial affairs. CO-Chair of Palestine-EU subcommittee on social Affairs and Health under the European Neighborhood Policy.
Member of the Advisory Council for Formal Statistics.
Member of the National Team and the steering committee for the SDGs 2030.
National Coordinator of SDG1&SDG10.
Welcome to the Green Finance Community Daoud aldeek and thank you for introducing yourself. As a member of your country's National Team and the steering committee for the SDGs 2030 and as National Coordinator of SDG 1 & SDG10, among your other responsibilities you are playing a pivotal role. We value your insights and also your questions.
1) How does Green Finance tie into your work?
2) As we start 2018 what Green Finance topic(s) are most important to you?
This is Wesam from Palestine, I have a BSc of Civil Engineering from the Islamic University of
Gaza, MSc of Environmental Engineering from the Universiti Sains Malaysia and a PhD of Environmental Engineering at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).
I have 13 years of working experience (teaching, research and development), where I was a Research Fellow and Teaching Assistant at the School of Civil Engineering, USM during my PhD.
I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Malaysia Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT) and I accomplished my fellowship at The MIT-UTM Malaysia Sustainable Cities Program and currently I am a senior lecturer at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
thanks for joining and for introducing yourself.
I hope to read further from you (news posts, tips on resources, events, discussions) in 2018!
Have you taken our survey yet? https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/R9LSN95
My name is Fabrice, I am based in Hong Kong and active in the field of Online Executive Education, with a specialization in finance.
I have started on structuring an 'ESG' finance (in which the E stands for Green, and the G for Governance) education program, and I am interested to hear about needs, ideas, other initiatives, etc...
As for my other programs, this one will be done in collaboration with one or two business schools of international ranking, and a bank is involved in its definition. If you think of specific needs that have to be addressed, please contact me in the group or mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Hi (just to introduce myself):
I am Martyn Cowsill, Managing Director of MicroGen Renewables. We are working with the Rural Electrification Agency of Uganda on a project to complete the development of satellite-based earth observation technology. This tool surveys river valleys from satellite to identify sites where micro hydropower mini-grids would be a) technically feasible, b) environmentally acceptable, and c) economically viable. And it does this at high speed, low cost and in very large numbers (we are already looking to finance a network of 400 micro hydropower mini-grids in Uganda.
Until now, getting any interest from the investor community in micro hydropower installations was very difficult - each individual installation costs only about $100k and this is not enough to excite anyone, but it's too much for the rural communities in the developing world. Now we can bring together large numbers of identical installations under single "ownership". The concept is now growing into one that provides not just the electricity (24/7 365) but also the agricultural produce processing equipment (APPE) such as maize-milling machines, coffee-drying machines, irrigation pumps, briquette-making machines, commercial refrigeration, that will improve productivity and profitability in those rural communities, thus making it easier for them to make regular payments. Quite a neat "risk avoidance" strategy?
Looking forward to any contacts
Thanks Martyn. You are on the Collaboration for Development (C4D) Home page. Once you are Logged into C4D, then click on https://collaboration.worldbank.org/groups/green-finance-community-of-practice
Often I click on the Green Finance CoP link first – see above, this takes me the C4D home page, where you are now, then I click on the login tab – enter my User Name and Password, this will take me back to the C4D home page (but I am now logged in). You can find Green Finance… under “My Groups”. Plan B just click on the above link again and it will take you to the Green Finance CoP home page (after you are logged in).
Best - Bruce
Hi Martyn - sorry to hear you have trouble with the page - it is not the most intuitive one, and there will soon be renovations on it, so bear with us. Below you find the view that I have of the GF Community of Practice. So under "Actions" you can find the option to post a "Discussion". You'll see, after a few posts, it is quite easy.
As Bruce said - if your start page is the Collaboration for Development, you can find this group most likely under "My Groups". Hope to see you successfully posting - and thanks for bringing this up, it is important to share these difficulties, as others might face them as well, and I/we might not be aware. Have a nice day!