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CSF begins analysis of proposed dam in Brazil's Tapajós river basin

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Tapajós river basin, Pará State, Brazil © Camila Jericó-Daminello

After an inventory of potential dams in the Tapajós river basin was released in 2008, the area has been hailed as the new frontier of energy development in Brazil. Due to the typically extensive environmental and social impacts of dam construction, governments and communities in the Amazon region have been engaged in discussions over the past few years on how to mitigate impacts on people and nature. Some dam projects are already underway with many more on the drawing board.

2014 Economic Tools for Conservation course - Brazil

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The 2014 Brazil Economic Tools for Conservation course was held July 28 and August 8, 2014 at the Serra do Cipo, Minas Gerais.

CSF's Economic Tools for Conservation, a well known and renowned course among conservation professionals around the world, provides participants with skills in economic analysis on which to build more efficient and effective strategies for environmental conservation.

ValuES: Methods for integrating ecosystem services into policy, planning, and practice

CSF is collaborating with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and Helmholtz-Zentrum Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) GmbH in a global project that aids decision-makers in partner countries in recognizing and integrating ecosystem services into policy making, planning and implementation of specific projects. ValuES focuses on developing instruments and training courses, providing technical advice and facilitating planning and decision-making processes. In addition, knowledge-sharing via regional workshops and participation in global discussion forums are conducted.

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Curso de Capacitação TEEB/ISE: Integração de serviços ecossistêmicos ao planejamento para o desenvolvimento

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Entre os dias 22 e 25 de julho de 2014 a CSF em conjunto com a GIZ (Agência Alemã de Cooperação Internacional) realizaram em Brasília o Curso de Capacitação TEEB/ISE: Integração de serviços ecossistêmicos ao planejamento para o desenvolvimento. Esta capacitação foi desenvolvida pela GIZ e tem como objetivo desenvolver capacidades sobre a Economia dos Ecossistemas e da Biodiversidade e a integração de serviços ecossistêmicos a processos de planejamento por meio da(o):

• Introdução de conceitos relacionados aos serviços ecossistêmicos e à abordagem da Economia dos Ecossistemas e da Biodiversidade (TEEB);

Brazilian Toponymy in Antarctica

On January 15th 2014, together with 6 other passengers and 3 crewmembers, I embarked on the polar sailing yacht Kotik to the Antarctic Peninsula.

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It all started in the beginning of 2012, when an old friend of mine, historian and photographer João Paulo Barbosa, invited me to go to Antarctica to try and summit Mount Rio Branco. A 976 meter-high mountain that rises west of Cape Perez at the entrance of Beascochea Bay, it is thought of as one of the most beautiful, fascinating and unexplored regions of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Curso Ferramentas Econômicas para a Conservação

Vinte e três participantes, de 18 organizações, entre elas, IBAMA, ICMBIO, GIZ, participaram do Curso Ferramentas Econômicas para a Conservação, realizado, pela CSF Brasil, de 28 de julho a 08 de agosto de 2014, em Santana do Riacho, na Serra do Cipó, Minas Gerais, Brasil. O Curso contou com o apoio do Ministério do Meio Ambiente, da Agência Alemã de Cooperação para o Desenvolvimento – GIZ e da Confederação Nacional da Indústria por meio do Projeto TEEB Regional-Local.

Foram abordados temas como: Microeconomia, Instrumentos Econômico, Valoração Ambiental, Economia de Recursos Naturais e Análise Custo-Benefício.

Alguns comentários dos participantes:

”O curso vai apoiar na decisão de novos produtos e argumentação em reuniões técnicas/políticas.”

Biodiversity monitoring costs in Brazilian national parks

As one of the 17 megadiverse countries, Brazil contains 20% of the earth’s biodiversity and features the largest number of endemic species in the world. Despite this, the local biodiversity monitoring in Brazil is irregular and occurs in a disorganized manner.

CSF Brazil, in partnership with Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio) and the German Technical Cooperation Agency (GIZ), is conducting a study of the cost of implementation and maintenance of ICMBio’s biodiversity monitoring program, including the indication of financial mechanisms and sources for the continuation of the program in the long run.

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Biocultural Conservation of the Amazon Rainforest: Preventing Deforestation in the Karib and Mondé-Kawahiba Ethnoenvironmental Corridors

The aim of the Biocultural Conservation of the Amazon Rainforest Project is to contribute to the prevention of deforestation and livelihood improvements in populations living in the ethnoenvironmental corridors of Karib and Mondé-kawahiba in the Amazon region of Brazil. These ethnoenvironmental corridors are formed of Conservation Units and Indigenous Lands situated in the states of Amazonas, Rondônia, Mato Grosso, Pará, Amapá and Roraima. Together these corridors contain approximately 46 million hectares of protected areas, representing 20% of the Brazilian Amazon.

Brazil's Fernando de Noronha Park

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From Acadia to Zion, Big Bend to Yosemite, U.S. citizens take them for granted: signs and stairs, benches and bathrooms. Invisible as it may be, infrastructure is key to a park’s value proposition. Visitors willingly pay for a park experience that includes beauty, awe, and a few safeguards and conveniences. And people will defend what they love, which is why we wanted to help them get to know, and love, the Fernando de Noronha National Marine Park.

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