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John Reid

Distinguished Policy Fellow & Founder, Sebastopol, California

John has worked in conservation since 1991 when volunteered on a project in the lush coastal forests in the Brazilian state of Bahia. Conservation became a full-time profession shortly thereafter. John founded Conservation Strategy Fund in 1998 after positions with Resources for the Future, Conservation International and Pacific Forest Trust. He built CSF as an independent technical organization that has helped transform conservation practice by spreading economics skills among conservation professionals worldwide. CSF has provided leadership as the international conservation community has embraced the central role economics plays in successful environmental strategies. In 2012 CSF was recognized with the MacArthur Foundation's Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.

International Economic Tools Course August 10-21, Stanford University, USA

Course participants at Golden Gate Bridge

CSF held its 2009 International Economic Tools Course from August 10-12, 2009 at Stanford University in California, USA.

During the two-week course, participants learned to use economics to be more strategic and successful in their conservation work. Participants studied natural resource and environmental economics, practiced communication and negotiation techniques, and got hands-on experience with cost-benefit analysis.

Ecoaméricas cites CSF-supported study

Ecoaméricas cites CSF-supported study on roads in the Maya Forest. The study showed that new proposed roads in remote areas of the forest would increase deforestation, spark fires and cause net economic losses to Guatemala and Mexico. In the Americas, the Maya Forest is the largest intact area of rain forest north of the Amazon. It is home to impressive biodiversity, the largest of the ancient mayan cities' ruins, and thriving forest economies.

Belo Monte Dam analysis quoted in Plenty Magazine

Waterfall along Xingu river in Brazil

CSF's John Reid quoted in Plenty magazine about controversial dam on Xingu river in Brazilian Amazon. See the article here

Rash of piracy began as an environmental problem

CSF Founder John Reid writes an opinion piece in Santa Rosa's Press Democrat on the connection between piracy and the environment.

2007 Annual Report

2006 Annual Report

CSF 2006 Annual Report

Parks and people, not parks vs. people

Are parks good for poor people or bad? And do they protect nature? CSF Founder John Reid writes an Open Forum in the San Francisco Chronicle.

2005 Annual Report

CSF 2005 Annual Report

2004 Annual Report

CSF 2004 Annual Report