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International course participants say, "the experience from this course is immeasurable..."

International Economic Tools for Conservation UC Berkeley

Participants formed strong connections over the two-week course. Photo credit: Niki Gribi

Peace is about much more than doves

Audubon Colombia Peace Birds Tourism

Lazuline Sabrewing, photo credit: Alvaro Jaramillo

Colombia has the greatest bird diversity in the world. Approximately 1,900 bird species have been registered, equivalent to 20% of all species globally. This wealth in species highlights a tremendous potential for birding tourism. Current efforts by the Colombian government to increase security and end decades of armed conflict, as well as to promote ecotourism, can help position the country as one of the most important birding destinations in the world.

Andean Amazon Fellows Program: 10 Years – 10 Success Stories


10 Year Andes Fellows Photos

CSF Fellows Fellows Ecuador 2014: Enrique de la Montaña, Viviana Zamora, Paula Zuluaga, and David Campoverde.

For ten years, CSF's Fellowship Program has been developing the talents of emerging economic researchers in the Andes-Amazon region.

Plans for Amazon Dam Cancelled

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

On August 4, Brazil's federal environmental agency, IBAMA, formally suspended the environmental licensing process for a proposed dam on the Tapajós River, a "blue water" tributary of the Amazon. The river flows from the south, off Brazil's central plateau, its clear waters sculpting white sand beaches and it winds toward the main stem of the Amazon.

CSF Graduate Fernando León Named Vice Minister of Environment in Peru


Photo for Vice Minister Fernando Leon Post

Vice Minister Fernando León (second from left) with Felipe Vásquez (CSF Fellows Mentor, left) and CSF staff members Cristian Vallejos, Rocío Moreno, Aaron Bruner and Alfonso Malky during the 2nd ICAA Fellows selection workshop in Arashá, Ecuador, July 2013.

Former Staffer Leonardo Fleck joins the Board of CSF-Brazil

CSF is proud to announce Leonardo Fleck as CSF-Brazil’s newest board member. Leo is a Program Officer at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. If his name sounds familiar, it’s because Leo has a long history with CSF. As an early staff member of CSF-Brazil, Leo was instrumental in establishing our presence in Latin America. Leo joined CSF in 2005 shortly after earning his master’s degree in conservation biology with an emphasis in natural resource economics. He was CSF-Brazil's Senior Economic Analyst and Technical Program Manager as well as a lead cost-benefit analysis instructor for CSF courses in Brazil and beyond. Leo also took the lead on economic analyses in other parts of South America, including in Peru and Bolivia.

Exciting new role for CSF founder John Reid

Ready to Travel


Photos for JR sabbatical blog post

John and Carol ready for the road.