Biodiversity Understanding in Infrastructure and Landscape Development (BUILD)

Through an agreement with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF) has launched a comprehensive initiative in central Africa, expand CSF’s programs in the Andes-Amazon region, and initiate a limited program in Asia’s Himalayan region. The goal of the program is to promote biodiversity conservation through infrastructure best practices.

Notes from the Field: Tourism in Indigenous Lands


p>In April, CSF held the third workshop of the CSF Project for Tourism in Indigenous Peoples' Lands Paiter-Surui and Parintintin. We discussed the final details of tours and infrastructure, the market study data, and the financial viability of the businesses. The project aims at developing a business plan for tourism for each indigenous area. The process of preparing the plan is done in a participatory manner, with decisions made collectively. In addition to discussing the business aspects, the CSF workshops also provide an opportunity to empower indigenous people. As each stage of the project is completed, participants enjoy a greater level of community involvement.

Foto de Cachoeira Casca D'Anta

Ferramentas Econômicas para a Conservação e Planejamento de Infraestrutura na Amazônia - Formulário de Inscrição

Com o apoio da Agência dos Estados Unidos para o Desenvolvimento Internacional (United States Agency for International Development) e da Fundação Gordon and Betty Moore, a Conservação Estratégica realizou  o curso de Ferramentas Econômicas para a Conservação e Planejamento de Infraestrutura na Região Amazônica, no período de 13 a 24 de agosto de 2012, no Hotel Mestre D’Armas, próximo a Brasília.  Durante essas duas semanas, os participantes aprenderam a usar a economia de forma mais estratégica para planejar e alcançar sucesso em seus esforços de desenvolvimento relacionados à infraestrutura e meio ambiente.

Serra do Cipó, Minais Gerais, Brazil

Upgrading Brazil's Official Conservation Investment Model

Managing national parks and reserves requires reliable information about needed investments in equipment, infrastructure and research. CSF recently revamped the model, called the Minimum Conservation Investment model (IMC), used by Brazilian public land managers to calculate these needs. The project was a partnership between CSF-Brasil, the Brazilian Ministry of Environment and GiZ, the German overseas cooperation agency.

In this process, CSF adapted and integrated financial models we had previously developed for protected areas. We reviewed and corrected unit cost figures used by the IMC and built in the capacity to forecast investments over a ten-year period. Finally, we added a feature to permit forecasting investment needed to create new protected areas.

Image of Brazilian cattle at the edge of the rainforest

Subsidies, Credit and Cattle in Southern Amazonas

Cattle ranching is a leading cause of deforestation in the Amazon Basin. Forests are razed for pasture when landowners perceive that more profits can be made from cows than from the various products of the intact forest. This calculation is influenced by the availability of subsidized credit, long used a tool to drive economic expansion on the agricultural frontier.

CSF Teaches Amazon Protected Area Managers

Tree in Lagoa Santa, Minas Gerais, Brazil

In early December, CSF’s Marcos Amend delivered economics know-how to students in the Professional Masters for Protected Area Managers program run by INPA (National Institute for Amazon Research). The program's objective is to train managers to face the challenges of protected areas management in Amazon region. This is the second time CSF has contributed to the program, which was founded by CSF course graduate Rita Mesquita.

Economia de Usinas Hidroeléctricas

Data: 30 de agosto de 2011
das 9:00 às 17:00 horas.
Local: UnB, Brasília, DF.
Endereço: UnB – Universidade de Brasília.
Apoio: Universidade de Brasília.
Apoio: Fundação Gordon & Betty Moore.

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As usinas hidrelétricas são boas para a economia, o meio ambiente e as pessoas?

CSF's Fernanda Alvarenga helps locals prepare Amazon business plans

CSF-Brazil analyst Fernanda Alvarenga returned to the Southern Amazonas state last week to help locals complete business plans to sustainably use forest resources. The technical assistance sessions followed a business plan training delivered with CSF's Leonardo Fleck and partners from the FORTIS consortium.

CSF participates in Mata Viva 2011 and speaks about environmental services in Brazil's Mata Atlântica

Learn how the calculation of financial incentives protects nature.

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Ferramentas Econômicas para a Conservação

Módulo 1: 11 de Abril - 15 de Abril
Módulo 2: 9 de Maio - 13 de Maio

Horto Florestal, São Paulo, SP.

Os principais objetivos desse curso são: (i) familiarizar os analistas da Fundação Florestal com os principais conceitos de economia e de como esses conceitos se aplicam à conservação do meio ambiente e recursos naturais, e (ii) a ensinar-lhes as noções básicas de desenho e análise de viabilidade financeira de terceirizações para turismo em áreas protegidas, utilizando um modelo financeiro desenvolvido pela CSF (CONCESS 1,0).

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