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What is Conservation Economics?

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There’s no Wikipedia page so you can be forgiven for suspecting that I’m making it up. But Conservation Economics is actually being practiced by a bunch of serious people engaged in one of the most profound challenges of our time - averting massive losses in the diversity of Earth's life forms. So if it doesn’t exist, it’s time we brought it into being. Here goes:

Comportamiento de pescadores frente a distintos arreglos institucionales en la Estrella Fluvial de Inírida. Amazonía Colombiana

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28

Esta publicación se hace gracias al Programa de Becas de Investigaciones Económicas Aplicadas para la Conservación en la Amazonía Andina de la Unidad de Apoyo de ICAA, un programa de la Agencia de los Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional (USAID), a través del cual la becaria recibió apoyo técnico de CSF para llevar a cabo su investigación y publicación.

Pesca artesanal en el norte de la Amazonía colombiana: una contribución desde la economía experimental para el diseño de acuerdos de cooperación

Esta publicación se hace gracias al Programa de Becas de Investigaciones Económicas Aplicadas para la Conservación en la Amazonía Andina de la Unidad de Apoyo de ICAA, un programa de la Agencia de los Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional (USAID), a través del cual la becaria recibió apoyo técnico de CSF para llevar a cabo su investigación y publicación.

Jamaica can have its goat and eat it too

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Lone fishing boat, Jamaica

Jamaica’s Goat Islands are the center of what has often been portrayed as a classic development-versus-environment conflict.

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An economic comparison of alternatives to building a port on Goat Islands, Jamaica

In 2013, Jamaica’s Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing announced that the China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) had selected the area on and around the Goat Islands to build a major transhipment port and accompanying industrial complex. Due to the location of the proposed site in the core of the Portland Bight Protected Area, reactions have been heated.

The Price is Right, Not

I remember noticing on a trip to Brazil in 2001 that compact-flourescent lightbulbs were colonizing the country's light sockets with startling speed. It hadn't been raining and the drought was idling hydroelectric dams that accounted for more than 90% of electricity. The resulting blackouts, referred to as "apagões," changed people's behavior. Consumers slashed their energy consumption and solved the crisis. The rains eventually came and the outages faded into memory.

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Online Coastal Conservation Economics Course

In May, 28 people completed our first online course in Coastal Conservation Economics. This course was offered in partnership with Duke University and sponsored by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation as part of our Conservation Economics Initiative.

“I was really impressed overall with the level of instructors on this course and their very thoughtful presentations. I also appreciated the inclusion of real-life examples throughout the presentations of how the principles are applied to policy or management decisions. Thank you to everyone involved for all your hard work putting this course together!” -2015 online course graduate

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