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Developing cost-benefit analysis guidelines for USAID

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is responsible for managing over $16 billion in non-military aid and assistance around the world. Among the agency’s projects are many that conserve and protect threatened ecosystems, contribute to greenhouse gas emissions reduction, and support community adaptation to the effects of climate change.

Better hydropower decisions: launch of the economic feasibility study of the proposed Castanheira dam

CSF-Brazil is pleased to announce the launch of a new publication: "Cost Benefit Analysis of the Construction of the Castanheira Dam" (in Portuguese).

The Arinos River, located in the Juruena sub-basin – an important tributary of the Tapajós River – in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, is known for its aquatic biodiversity. Currently, however, there are more than 100 dams proposed in this sub-basin, which may threaten the biodiversity and local community’s way of life. One of these is the Castanheira Dam.

New publication launch: strategies for conserving mangroves in Brazil's protected areas

CSF-Brazil is pleased to announce the launch of a new publication (in Portuguese): "The values of ecosystem services of the Brazilian mangroves, economic instruments for its conservation and the Salgado Paraense case study".

Roughly 90% of mangroves in Brazil are located in protected areas (PA). However, there are important deficiencies in financial sustainability and resource management that affect natural capital stocks, biodiversity and thus, local communities.

Guidelines for USAID on integrating ecosystem service values into cost-benefit analysis

The United State Agency for International Development (USAID) is among the largest international development agencies worldwide. One of the tools USAID uses to select, design, and improve programming is cost-benefit analysis (CBA). As part of the USAID BRIDGE (Biodiversity Results and Integrated Development Gains Enhanced) project, the USAID Office of Forestry and Biodiversity is exploring the use of ecosystem service valuations in Agency CBAs.

Yaguas National Park created: 2 million acres conserved in Peru

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

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

CSF-Brazil - in partnership with the Brazilian Agricultural Research Agency of the state of Amapá (EMBRAPA-AP) and the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment (MMA) - is conducting a study focused on the Area of Environmental Protection of the Fazendinha farm (APA da Fazendinha) located in southern Macapá municipality, Amapá state, Brazil. The study aims to use the Integration of Ecosystem Services (IES) approach to support processes of territorial management and the development of socio-biodiversity value chains.

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.

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