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Oceans & Fish

Oceans and coastal environments are home to tremendous biodiversity, provide food to over a billion people, and livelihoods for hundreds of millions more. But fisheries are common-pool resources and therefore subject to systematic overexploitation. Economic analysis, in combination with sound biological assessments, can help create the political will and technical knowledge to implement strong fisheries management (or co-management) systems, marine protected areas, and ocean infrastructure that maintain the economic value of fisheries and oceans over the long term. CSF’s Oceans and Fish program provides training for local resource managers and targeted economic analyses to guide public investments and policy decisions.

After CSF analysis, Palau to close fishery for recovery

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Economic Tools for Marine Conservation - Indonesia 2016

The course gave me new perspective on how economics can give solutions to marine problems. I will teach what I learned here to my students in Papua. Marsi Adi Purwadi, Papua

Twenty-four Indonesian conservation professionals participated in the two-week CSF’s course held in Bali on May 2016. Nineteen institutions were represented including the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Dept of Environment and Forestry, University of Indonesia, TNC, WWF, as well as other national universities and NGOs and private consultants.

The Economic Benefits of the Red Abalone Fishery in Northern California

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Donor Spotlight: Jon Mellberg

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For this month's Donor Spotlight series, I sat down with Jon Mellberg, a Bay Area-based contributor who has supported CSF's videos on economic valuation, part of our popular animated video series. He recently spent some time with me to discuss his background, why he supports CSF and even the best way to calculate the economic value of an elephant!

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Mubariq Ahmad to Lead CSF-Indonesia

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Conseravation Strategy Fund is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Mubariq Ahmad as the first Director of CSF-Indonesia. Mubariq has enjoyed a 30-year career working as economic policy researcher and professional activist in a variety of organizations including The World Bank (2009-2015), WWF (2003-2009), and LEI/Indonesian Ecolabeling Institute (1997-2000). He will take the helm of CSF's program on February 1.

Artisanal fisherman in Brazil

Mapping the Value Chain of Artisanal Fisheries of the Brazilian Amazon Coast

In the Amazon, artisanal fishing is of paramount importance to the livelihood and income of traditional communities. As it plays a central role in the culture of the region, it is especially important to maintain its contributions for the conservation of coastal and marine ecosystems. At present, there are several bottlenecks in the production, processing and commercialization of products that affect the structure of and hinder the development of artisanal fisheries value chains.

In 2017, CSF-Brazil completed the mapping of the value chains of fisheries held by traditional communities in the Brazilian Amazon including shrimp fisheries in the Brazilian states of Amapá, Pará and Maranhão and crab fisheries in the state of Pará.

Quantifying the economic value of protected areas in Mexico

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p>CSF worked with Mexico’s National Commission for Protected Areas (CONANP) and the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) to assess the economic value of the ecosystem services provided by the country's Cabo Pulmo National Park, Iztaccíhuatl-Popocatépetl National Park (Izta-Popo for short), Cozumel Reefs National Park, and Cozumel Island Flora and Fauna Protected Area.

CSF receives 4-star top rating from Charity Navigator as one of USA's best-run organizations

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CSF's sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4 out of 4 star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.

17th annual international course underway

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Our 17th annual International Economic Tools for Conservation course is underway at Stanford University! We have an amazing group of people from every corner of the globe sharing ideas about how to protect the ecosystems and human livelihoods of the world.

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