Alum José Serra collaborates with CSF on economic study of proposed Inambari dam

Inambari Dam

On January 17, CSF course graduate José Serra and CSF's Alfonso Malky presented an economic study of the proposed Inambari dam, designed to generate hydropower primarily for Brazilian consumers. The study, sponsored by the Wildlife Conservation Society's Peru office, examines the feasibility of the project, which would harness energy from an Amazon tributary in the country's southeastern jungle. Serra led the investigation, looking into the overall economic return, environmental costs, profits for the dam builder and impacts on various sectors of Peruvian society. Results showed that the project's feasibility depends on charging a relatively high electricity price and delivering benefits, in the form of flow control, to downstream dams in Brazil.

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.

CSF graduate takes on the sugar industry with economic analysis

Ronald Kaggwa, CSF alum

An hour drive from Kampala lies the Mabira Forest, one of the few remaining natural forest reserves in Uganda. Rich in biological diversity, the forest contributes to the livelihood of the adjacent communities and provides an opportunity for ecotourism. In 2009 the Sugar Corporation of Uganda Limited (SCOUL) requested permission from the government to use part of the Mabira Central Forest Reserve for sugarcane growing. CSF graduate Ronald Kaggwa took action. An environmental economist at the Uganda National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA), Ronald conducted an economic analysis to prove that the net benefits of conservation far outweighed those of sugarcane.

Building fences for monkeys

Proyecto Tití is a Colombian non-profit that integrates wildlife and forest preservation with education and community development. Proyecto Tití’s work centers around the cotton-top tamarin monkey, Colombia’s cutest, but most threatened, primate.

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.

Subsídios para a pecuária e a conservação da floresta: estimativas para o município de Humaitá, Amazonas

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Wild Amazon Chocolate in the Bolivian Market

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Course with Surui Indigenous People

Intercâmbio de Ecoturismo de Base Comunitária na RDS Mamirauá

A CSF está apoiando os povos indígenas Paiter-Surui e Parintintin na elaboração de planos de negócios de ecoturismo indígena em suas terras. O objetivo do curso foi proporcionar a esses povos uma vivência em um projeto de ecoturismo de base comunitária de sucesso no Brasil. O programa do curso incluiu passeios de observação de fauna e flora e troca de experiência durante as visitas técnicas nos diversos setores da Pousada. Além disso, foram proporcionadas reuniões com os líderes locais, a fim de discutir o processo de implementação da atividade, e palestras com os comunitários envolvidos na iniciativa.

Tourism in Indigenous Lands


p>Indigenous people's lands are among the best preserved natural places. In the Amazon Basin, these vast tracts have lower rates of forest loss than national parks and are home to unique cultures, stunning scenery and high concentrations of biological diversity. But they are also beset by poverty and managed by native people looking for economic opportunities. CSF is working with the Suruí and Parintintin peoples to evaluate whether tourism could be one such opportunity for them. The project is a collaboration with the Suruí's Metareila Association, the Kanindé Ethno-environmental Association, the Amazon Conservation Team and the International Institute for Education in Brazil, who together form the Garah-Itxa Consortiun.

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