Economics for Environmental Leadership

Conservation Strategy Fund gives conservation professionals economic knowledge and skills that are key for success in protecting the environment. Our unique Economics for Environmental Leadership capacity building program focuses on conservation economics, drawing on the fields of environmental economics, natural resource economics, agricultural economics, development economics and behavioral economics to advance conservation goals in practical, strategic ways. This approach is crucial at a time when global-scale environmental changes are being driven by a diversity of economic factors, and when conservation leaders are striving to harness opportunities to reward the preservation of ecosystem services.

Payments for Environmental Services and their Implementation in Protected Areas

In April 2017, CSF will hold a course aimed at strengthening the capacities of Colombia’s National Parks Service, with regards to Payments for Environmental Services (PES). The course will be held in Bogotá, Colombia from April 18-20. More than 25 Parks Service staff will attend the course in order to better be able to implement new instruments sponsored by their institution.

During the comprehensive 3-day session, participants will learn the conceptual foundation of PES and will be exposed to concrete experiences of these mechanisms at work in Colombia and other parts of the world. The goal of this course is to help the Parks Service to identify when PES should be used in Parks and, when appropriate, to successfully implement them.

Economic Tools for Protected Area Tourism in Brazil

The four day training on Economic and Financial Feasibility of Supporting Services for Visitation of Conservation Units (Unidades de Conservação - UCs) was hold at the Biodiversity National Academy (ACADEBio), in Iperó, Brazil.

The course was attended by twenty-two members of the ICMBio from nine different states in Brazil who are responsible for protected areas management, three employees of the ACADEBio and one entrepreneur from the community-based tourism sector in the Amazon state.

The goal of the course was to give participants an understanding of how to use economic tools to make decisions about developing tourism activities and allocating resources in the UCs.

Economic tools training for mangrove ecosystems in Brazil

The five-day Economic Tools for Conservation of Mangroves in Protected Areas course was held at the Center for Research and Conservation of Northeast Marine Biodiversity (CEPENE), located in the city of Tamandaré, in Pernambuco state, in northeastern Brazil.

It was attended by twenty-five members of the Chico Mendes Institute for Conservation of Biodiversity (ICMBio), responsible for managing protected areas with mangroves from ten states in Brazil.

Graduates of CSF's 2015 economic tools for conservation course

Economic Tools for Conservation - 2015 International Course

"I not only learned about economic concepts that will help me in my career, facing environmental issues, but also this course gave me the opportunity to meet wonderful people from around the world. These people have inspired me to believe and to have hope for the challenges we are facing. I feel very happy and lucky to have been a part of the course and part of this wonderful group." – Isabel Felandro Llanos, Ministry of the Environment, Peru

Herramientas Económicas para la Conservación en la Amazonía Andina: Manejo de Recursos Naturales y Sostenibilidad Financiera en Áreas Protegidas. Perú 2015

Este curso ofreció herramientas para un mejor manejo de las áreas protegidas de la Amazonía Andina a 25 profesionales de Colombia, Ecuador y Perú. 

"El curso, tal y como lo plantea CSF, es de vital importancia por el contenido técnico... es un aporte muy importante para la generación de capacidades en actores locales que puedan tomar decisiones con una orientación guiada la sostenibilidad financiera" Henry Mavisoy Muchavisoy, Cabildo Kamëntsá Biÿá (Putumayo, Colombia)



Herramientas Económicas para la Conservación en la Amazonía Andina: Valoración Económica de Impactos Ambientales. Colombia 2014

El curso contó con 23 participantes que se encuentran trabajando en el área ambiental de la Amazonía Andina de Colombia, Ecuador y Perú, quienes aprendieron y reforzaron conocimientos sobre Valoración Ambiental, tuvieron la oportunidad de conocer e interactuar con los instructores y establecieron lazos profesionales y de amistad gracias al espacio creado a través de los cursos que ofrece ICAA para el fortalecimiento de capacidades y el relacionamiento entre profesionales de la conservación en la región.

La calidad de los profesores es uno de los factores que favorece el interés, compromiso y clima logrado para el aprendizaje, intercambio de experiencia y trabajos grupales.



Economic Tools for Conservation - 2014 International Course

“I gained a deeper understanding of microeconomic principles and why they can help conservationists and development practitioners. I met wonderful people that share similar values and will be a great resource for my work and inspiration for some time to come.” –Ulrike Troeger, Germany, 2014 International Course Participant

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.”

Herramientas Económicas para la Conservación de la Naturaleza - México 2014

32 profesionales del sector público, privado y académico de Conservación y Ciencias de México y del Sistema Arrecifal Mesoamericano, participaron del curso Herramientas Económicas para la Conservación de la Naturaleza realizado por primera vez en México. El curso de 2 semanas, se llevó a cabo en el Posgrado de Ciencias Biológicas de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Gracias a nuestros socios mexicanos (UNAM, COBI, EDF, FMCN, GIZ y TNC) quienes hicieron posible esta realización con mucho éxito.

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Analysis of Infrastructure from a Conservation Economics Perspective - Bhutan 2014

Twenty-two participants representing 3 countries and 15 organizations attended CSF's Analysis of Infrastructure from a Conservation Economics Perspective course in Bumthang, Bhutan. During the five-day course, participants gained an understanding of our core curriculum which includes Microeconomics, Natural Resource Economics, Environmental Valuation, and Cost-Benefit Analysis. Additional topics tailored for the region and sector of focus included Environmental Management and Policy, Infrastructure Best-Practice, and relevant case studies. Instructors were drawn from CSF, University of Brasilia, and Cambridge Resources International. Many thanks to our partners at UWICE for working with us to put on an excellent training!