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Webinar: The Deshkan Ziibi Conservation Impact Bond (DZCIB) Initiative

November 24th, 2021

The world is facing dual biodiversity and climate crises, with ecosystems under threat here in Canada and around the globe. Collaborative local action and much greater investment in growing healthy resilient landscapes in the spirit and practice of reconciliation will be crucial in addressing these crises.

The Deshkan Ziibi Conservation Impact Bond (DZCIB) initiative is an innovative made-in-Canada mechanism that brings together Indigenous, conservation and investment leadership to deliver real impact. The DZCIB is an outcomes-based financial instrument focused on reconciling peoples and ecosystems by building capacity for growing healthy landscapes with Indigenous leadership and nature-smart solutions.

DZCIB marks the successful launch of a pilot that is being scaled out in southern Ontario to protect one-third of Canada’s rare and endangered wildlife; drinking water for 11 million people; and a sustainable way of life for 25% of Canadians who live here.

The livestream event aired on Wednesday, November 24th, cohosted by Carolinian Canada and the Ivey Business School, marking the release of the first major report showcasing the DZCIB initiative and its progress in driving conservation, collaboration and reconciliation in southern Ontario.

The event featured key voices from the unique team of partners leading the initiative, including the Deshkan Ziibiing (Chippewas of the Thames First Nation), VERGE Capital, and Thames Talbot Land Trust.

The event provided an overview of the DZCIB Initiative and its impact, as well as a wider conversation of the DZCIB’s contribution to the international field of conservation finance, and to reconciliation and climate action in Canada.

Conservation Impact Bond

The Conservation Impact Bond (CIB) is a place-based & multi-regional effort that leverages cross-sector collaboration to accelerate healthy landscapes. The end results include social, environmental and economic benefits in the Carolinian Zone with a goal to rehabilitate 1000 hectares of land.

We invite you to join a bold initiative that is co-designed to grow a green economy across local communities in southern Ontario, while honouring Indigenous ways of living, caring for our landscapes and supporting our local communities.