Cost-Effective conservation in Peru: The value of apples and oranges.

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Photo of Quiquibey river in Bolivia

Decision-makers Workshop: Developing Economic Analysis Capacity for the Conservation of the Southern Tropical Andes

This Project was launched with a workshop aimed at decision-makers from Bolivia and Peru, held in August 2009 in Lima. The purpose of this workshop was to familiarize representatives from both countries with the tools that economic analysis provides to conservation practice, and to get their feedback on economic research priorities for their on-the-ground conservation programs in southeastern Peru and northern Bolivia. Participants included representatives from government, NGOs and cooperation agencies in both countries.

Photos of trees in Madidi National Park in Bolivia

Investigaciones Económicas para la Conservación en los Andes Tropicales del Sur

Conservación Estratégica (CSF) convoca a investigadores y analistas a proponer investigaciones aplicadas en el marco del Programa “Construyendo Destrezas Económicas para aportar a la Conservación de los Andes Tropicales del Sur”, con el apoyo financiero de la Fundación John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur.

En el marco de este programa, CSF ha diseñado un fondo concursable de becas de investigación para profesionales que trabajan en temas de análisis económico relacionados con el medio ambiente.

Los participantes recibirán de CSF y de sus profesionales asociados asistencia técnica y capacitación en teoría económica y análisis económico ambiental para incrementar sus capacidades de realizar estudios de investigación económica aplicada.

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Herramientas Económicas Para la Conservación y Análisis Integral de Proyectos

Conservación Estratégica (CSF) anuncia el lanzamiento del Programa “Construyendo Destrezas Económicas para aportar a la Conservación de los Andes Tropicales”, con el apoyo financiero de la Fundación MacArthur. En el marco de este programa, CSF ha diseñado un curso para capacitar a profesionales y técnicos que trabajan en temas de análisis de aspectos económicos relacionados con el medio ambiente. Este curso cuenta con la colaboración de USAID, a través de la Iniciativa para la Conservación en la Amazonía Andina ICAA, la Universidad del Pacífico y LACEEP.

Amarakaeri Indigenous Reserve

Working with Peruvian biologist Carmela Landeo, CSF helped examine the real economic impact of roads and logging on Amazonian indigenous communities. Landeo, who participated in CSF's first training in 1999, studied changes wrought in the forest and in household incomes where industrial timber extraction has drawn indigenous villages toward the cash economy. Landeo studied the communities of Shintuya and Shipeteari, both on the fringes of the Manu National Park and the Amarakaeri Communal Reserve.

Paracas Reserve

Paracas National Reserve in Peru is home to several species of sea lions, otters, vast anchovetta schools, blue-footed boobies, Inca terns, pink flamingos, pelicans, dolphins and large stocks of scallops. The large reserve has been bolstered in recent years by a volunteer park ranger program, which brings in students to maintain the protected area, clean the beaches and provide outreach to nearby communities. Despite its many contributions, funding for this program is constantly in doubt. In 2000, Course graduate Cecilia Rivas, a biologist and now a professor at the San Ignacio de Loyola University, used skills she learned from CSF to demonstrate the value of the volunteers.

Interoceanica Sur Road in Peru

Tropical forests of southeastern Peru hold the highest biodiversity levels in the world. This unique region is threatened by the construction of a paved road linking Brazil to Peruvian ports on the Pacific Ocean. CSF carried out a study to identify priority areas for conservation investments to mitigate the so-called "Interoceánica Sur" road's impacts. To do this, we analyzed the road’s effects on land-use profits, information we combined with data on the distribution of wild plant and animal species. The economic and biological data was overlaid to find where the greatest conservation gains can be achieved at least cost. Finally, we considered socio-political factors that might favor or restrict conservation.

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