Conservation Strategy Fund helps local conservationists use economic tools to find smart, efficient solutions to the most urgent environmental problems. Since its creation in 1998, CSF has conducted dozens of analysis projects in forests, rivers and coastal environments. Most of our work has focused in the tropics, where extraordinarily high levels of biological diversity are found. To maximize the reach and quality of our work, we involve leading experts and conservation organizations in all of our projects.
Biodiversity Understanding in Infrastructure and Landscape Development (BUILD)
- 2011 - 2014
Through an agreement with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF) has launched a comprehensive initiative in central Africa, expand CSF’s programs in the Andes-Amazon region, and initiate a limited program in Asia’s Himalayan region. The goal of the program is to promote biodiversity conservation through infrastructure best practices.
Over the next three years, CSF staff will focus on the backbones of economic development that often drive biodiversity loss: energy and transportation infrastructure. Although big infrastructure can augment the competitiveness of economic activities and increase people’s access to health care, education and other services, these projects also flood, fragment and often destroy ecosystems. To balance biodiversity conservation with infrastructure development, countries must better understand economic and ecological trade-offs.
Through a series of courses, regional forums, in-depth analyses of specific infrastructure projects, and other activities, CSF’s program will gather and aggressively share information globally on what countries are doing right, and work intensively with governments and other partners in Africa’s Albertine Rift and Andes-Amazon regions on policy innovations. This initiative will create lasting human capacity for infrastructure analysis, which will impact biodiversity conservation not only in the short term, but over the coming decades of economic growth.
The following are courses and projects being conducted under BUILD:
This project is made possible by the support of the American People through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Are you interested in doing a project with CSF?
We help NGOs and governments conduct economic analysis of important environmental issues, such as costs and benefits of infrastructure development and valuing protected areas and environmental services. If you have existing funding for economic analysis, or would like to explore creating a joint proposal, please contact us.