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Second Annual Mexico Economic Tools for Conservation

Herramientas Económicas para la Conservación de la Naturaleza CSF UNAM

Last month, the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and CSF presented the second annual Economic Tools for Conservation in Mexico and the Mesoamerican Reef. Twenty participants from different regions of Mexico and the Mesoamerican Reef came together to learn what economic drivers cause environmental problems and the potential solutions to them. The two-week course was held June 15th-26th at UNAM’s Chamela Biological Station in Jalisco, Mexico.

Video: Infraestructura y Conservación: El Caso Pucallpa-Cruzeiro do Sul

Este video es realizado por CSF en el marco del Consorcio Paisajes Indígenas de la Iniciativa para la Conservación en la Amazonía Andina de USAID .

El video muestra las características y resultados del análisis hecho a las propuestas existentes para la interconexión vial entre las ciudades de Pucallpa (Perú) y Cruzeiro do Sul (Brasil) que atravesarían la Amazonía de ambos países.

What is Conservation Economics?

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Photo credit: Fernanda Preto

There’s no Wikipedia page so you can be forgiven for suspecting that I’m making it up. But Conservation Economics is actually being practiced by a bunch of serious people engaged in one of the most profound challenges of our time - averting massive losses in the diversity of Earth's life forms. So if it doesn’t exist, it’s time we brought it into being. Here goes:

Stanford journal highlights CSF ideas on markets and nature

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Workers collecting palm oil fruit

In a world of vast natural ecosystems, endlessly diverse life forms and similarly numerous threats to nature, how can people make smart choices about what to try to conserve? It takes biological expertise, to be sure, but economics is also a necessary compass to guide our efforts.

A Trek through the Anthropocene

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Fern-choked hillside on a lovely stretch of the Camino de Santiago. © John Reid

I spent five days in December walking through Spain's Basque Country on the northern variant of the ancient pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. And also walking through the Anthropocene, a geologic era recently declared by non-geologists to describe our time, an epoch in which people shape the earth more than plate tectonics or asteroid collisions.

Now Accepting Applications for 2015 International Economic Tools for Conservation Course

Conservation Strategy Fund is accepting applications for our International Economic Tools for Conservation Course! Now in it's 17th year, our flagship course will be offered August 10-21, 2015 at Stanford University.

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Seminario virtual: Incentivos económicos para la conservación de la Amazonía en Colombia y Ecuador

Les invitamos a la primera presentación de resultados de las investigaciones desarrolladas en el marco del programa Investigaciones Económicas Aplicadas para la Conservación en la Amazonía Andina, diseñado para fortalecer las capacidades de investigadores de la región en la aplicación de herramientas avanzadas de análisis económico para la conservación de la biodiversidad.

CSF's flagship US course draws diverse crowd

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During the two-week training, instructors from CSF, Oregon State University, the University of Brasilia, and Cambridge Resources International led an intensive schedule of lectures, exercises, and games to give participants insight into the economic drivers of environmental problems and the economic and policy tools that can lead to effective solutions. Topics included Microeconomics, Natural Resource Economics, Environmental Policy and Valuation, and Cost-Benefit Analysis. Each participant came away with a clear understanding of how these topics relate to their work in conservation, policy, and analysis.