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Supporting Smarter Roads Development in the Amazon

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Aerial view of a road through the Amazon forest in Ecuador. Photo credit: Dr. Morley Read

Infrastructure investments in the Amazon can support economic and social development, and bring services to remote populations. However, if poorly planned, they can also result in irreversible, destructive change to the environment and ecosystem services on which communities depend, and lead to inefficient use of economic resources.

New publication on Environmental Reserve Quotas (CRA) in Brazil

Environmental Reserve Quotas Brazil Conservation Economics

A rural area near São Paulo, Brazil. Photo credit: Filipe Frazão

Yaguas National Park created: 2 million acres conserved in Peru

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Yaguas National Park, Peru. Photo credit: Frank S. Cardoza

Evaluation of the economic, social, and environmental costs of planned road projects in the Amazon Basin

In collaboration with the Amazon Environmental Research Institute (Instituto de Pesquisa Ambiental da Amazônia, IPAM) and the Foundation for Conservation and Sustainable Development (Fundación para la Conservación y el Desarrollo Sostenible, FCDS), CSF has completed a project simultaneously analyzing the economic return, environmental risks, and social impacts of a set of 75 road sections in the Amazon in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. These projects would cover a total distance exceeding 12,000 kilometers.

Photo: Açaí fruit from the Amazon. Photo credit: Horacio Lorini.

Supporting the territorial management of a conservation unit in the Brazilian Amazon

CSF-Brazil - in partnership with the Brazilian Agricultural Research Agency of Amapá (EMBRAPA-AP), the Brazilian Environment Ministry (MMA) and the German Cooperation Agency in Brazil (GIZ) - has completed a study addressing the relationship between Ecosystem Services (ESs) and the development of extractive products value chains focused on the Environmental Protection Area of the Fazendinha (Fazendinha APA) located in southern Macapá municipality, Amapá state (AM), Brazil. We identified valuable information to support the APA's future Management Plan. Overall, the study aims to promote sustainable livelihoods in the Brazilian Amazon.

Environmental Reserve Quotas (CRA): Seminar promoting efficient regulation across Brazilian states for improved forest conservation

CSF-Brazil recently hosted the seminar "Implementation of Environmental Reserve Quotas (CRA) in Brazilian states" to help promote more economically efficient and environmentally sound forest conservation, in partnership with the Federal University of Minas Gerais state (UFMG), the Forest Code Observatory (OCF) and the Environmentalist Parliamentary Front, on December 7th at the House of Representatives in Brasília, Brazil.

More than forty people attended the event, representing the Ministry of the Environment, the Environment Secretariats of thirteen states, non-governmental organizations, research institutions, national and international universities, as well as the organizing institutions.

Supporting the Design of a New Forest Compensation Law in the Brazilian Federal District

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Asai Boliviano: potencial biológico y comercial

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