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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.

A Trip to Salgado Paraense, the World’s Largest Continuous Mangrove

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Scarlet ibis (Eudocimus ruber) in a mangrove tree

In May 2016, staff from the CSF Brazil team travelled to the Salgado Paraense region, located on the northern coast of the state of Pará.  Their goal was to collect important information as part of our project on the sustainability of mangrove ecosystems. This project seeks to sensitize the government and society to the benefits these ecosystems provide, and make recommendations about economic instruments that could be used to promote financial sustainability of protected areas.

BUILD Synthesis Report

From 2011-2015, CSF engaged in a comprehensive global initiative through the Biodiversity Understanding in Infrastructure and Landscape Development (BUILD) program of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). This report highlights key elements of this multi-year, multi-continent set of infrastructure related projects, and includes an appendix of all activities by region.

Benefits of Brazilian mangroves

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Brazilian mangroves. Photo credit: Freya Fennwood .

Mangroves are a key ecosystem contributing to biodiversity and flood protection on a local and regional level. Unfortunately most people are unaware of the ecosystem services provided by mangroves. As a result, overfishing and pollution threaten this critical habitat.

Economic instruments for mangroves conservation in Brazilian protected areas

Roughly 90% of mangrove ecosystems in Brazil are located in Protected Areas (PA). However, there are important deficiencies in terms of financial sustainability and resource management in these areas that affect natural capital stocks, biodiversity and local communities that depend on natural resources.

In this context, CSF-Brazil conducted a project in 2016 on the management of mangrove ecosystem services and launched the publication "The values of ecosystem services of the Brazilian mangroves, economic instruments for its conservation and the Salgado Paraense case study".

This study aimed to:

Risks and opportunities of Environmental Reserve Quotas (CRA): How to ensure protection of priority conservation areas?

Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF-Brazil) analyzed the risks and benefits of the Environmental Reserve Quota (Portuguese acronym, CRA) markets in the state of Bahia, in the northeastern region of Brazil. The goal of this work is to support the government in the design of state law to ensure that CRA markets protect priority conservation areas.

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