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Payments for Environmental Services and their Implementation in Protected Areas

In April 2017, CSF will hold a course aimed at strengthening the capacities of Colombia’s National Parks Service, with regards to Payments for Environmental Services (PES). The course will be held in Bogotá, Colombia from April 18-20. More than 25 Parks Service staff will attend the course in order to better be able to implement new instruments sponsored by their institution.

During the comprehensive 3-day session, participants will learn the conceptual foundation of PES and will be exposed to concrete experiences of these mechanisms at work in Colombia and other parts of the world. The goal of this course is to help the Parks Service to identify when PES should be used in Parks and, when appropriate, to successfully implement them.

Can market instruments contribute to achieve environmental objectives at lower costs? Implementing scenarios for the Environmental Reserve Quota (CRA) in the state of Bahia

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49

The 2012 Brazilian environmental legislation requires that each rural property must protect a minimum percentage of native vegetation as a “Legal Reserve” (LR), corresponding to 20% of the property’s total area. However, most properties have not protected the amount required by law. Through an economic instrument - called the Environmental Reserve Quota (CRA) - landowners with LR deficits will be able to meet their legal obligations. CSF-Brazil analyzed different CRA implementation scenarios in the state of Bahia, northeastern Brazil.

Choice Experiment Application and Presentation of Results to support the design of the Federal District Forest Compensation Law - Brazil

CSF participated in a meeting held on October 27th, 2016, at the Federal District Urban Development Agency (Terracap) in Brasília. The meeting’s goal was to contextualize and carry out the facilitation process and data collection with members of the Aliança Cerrado, to be used to support the design of the new Forest Compensation Law of the Federal District.
This meeting was conducted by Pedro Gasparinetti, CSF consultant, and opened by Raul do Valle, from the Environmental Department of the Federal District (SEMA-DF).

Definition of Ecological Equivalence levels for the Federal District Forest Compensation Law - Brazil

Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF-Brazil) worked together with the Environmental Department of the Federal District (SEMA-DF) to support the design of the new Forest Compensation Law of the Federal District, in Brazil. Nowadays, this law aims defines how much should be restored to compensate the vegetation suppression by, for example, real estate and urban infrastructure projects. The current law is criticized for two main reasons: (1) it imposes too high costs for entrepreneurs; and (2) it is environmentally inefficient.

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Ecosystem Service Valuation Training in Namibia

Mesoamerican Reef Leadership Program Conservation Economics MarineZebras at Etosha National Park. Photo credit: Camila Jericó-Daminello

Economic Valuation of Ecosystem Services - Namibia 2016

All natural ecosystems yield economically valuable services, e.g. production of food and medicines, regulation of climate, provision of productive soils and clean water, opportunities for recreation, maintenance of cultural heritage, etc. Ecosystem degradation undermines the provision of vital goods and services, with considerable economic and social consequences. Harmful effects tend to be borne disproportionately by the poor, who are less able to access or afford alternatives when ecosystem services are lost. In order to influence policy, and conserve important resources, people must know how to put a value on the services ecosystems provide, and communicate those results effectively.

São Luiz do Tapajós Dam Construction: Economic Impact and Analysis of Ecosystem Services’ Provision

CSF conducted a study on the economic impact that São Luiz do Tapajós could have had on local populations if its construction in the Brazilian Amazon had been approved.

We analyzed the loss of subsistence income and the impact on two ecosystem services: water quality reduction and the increase of CO2 equivalent emissions.

CSF Tajapós Dam impactsTraditional houses in the Tapajós riverside.

Economic impacts of the "São Luiz do Tapajós" dam’s construction: an analysis of ecosystem services’ provision

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48

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