Candice Stevens decided that the most effective way she could help protect our natural resources was to find financial solutions for conservation. She is the chair of the Sustainable Landscape Finance Coalition (SLFC), a collaboration between the Wilderness Foundation Africa and the World Wide Fund for Nature, through which she finds nuanced solutions to varied ecological obstacles.
Stevens studied law and finance, and specialised in tax and tax law, but decided to rededicate her time and energy.
The SLFC has six projects in incubation, which include two separate tax incentives for the protection and management of endangered species, a carbon payments system tailored for our grassland biospheres, biodiversity offsets, municipal property rebates for greening cities and debt solutions for conservation institutes.
The project that has gone to scale is the 37D biodiversity tax incentive, which allows citizens to claim tax back on land that is declared a national reserve or park. It is introducing $83-million in new finance to South Africa’s protected areas and has garnered international recognition.
“Everyone has a unique combination of skills and passions that make them perfectly suited to fill a gap; you just have to find the gap that you can perfectly fill.”
“Everyone has a unique combination of skills and passions that make them perfectly suited to fill a gap — you just have to find the gap that you can perfectly fill.”