Financial incentives for green infrastructure

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Bringing CSF’s Conservation Economic Tools Training to Development Banks

Last month, we had the opportunity to bring CSF’s economic analysis training to a new audience – the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington D.C.  The IDB approves over $11 billion dollars in loans each year, and is a major force in shaping the face of development in Latin America.  We delivered two training workshops for transport and water sector specialists from various country offices, and a shorter session for IDB Economists based in D.C.

Shaping Shipping: the Panama Canal

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One of CSF’s central ideas is that we can change the world by grabbing levers connecting to very big things, and pulling at the right time. The Panama Canal qualifies as a very big thing. The hundred-year-old waterway has been the most transformative piece of infrastructure in the Western Hemisphere and, in 2000, was set to transform Panama all over again. That’s when CSF helped a small, local organization pull on one of those levers for change.

Economic tools for responsible infrastructure


p>This past June I spent three weeks in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) facilitating one of CSF’s flagship Economics Tools for Conservation courses. The course focused on infrastructure planning and biodiversity conservation in the Albertine Rift. The course was delivered in partnership with L'École Régionale post-universitaire d'Aménagement et de gestion Intégrés des Forêts et territoires Tropicaux (ERAIFT). Holding the course in DRC was a great opportunity to share economic tools with conservationists and infrastructure planners that work in an area which faces new and rapid development options.

Obras de infraestrutura na Amazônia - Desafios da cobertura midiática e ferramentas de apoio à análise e ao diálogo

No dia 12 de novembro de 2013, no Hotel Mercure em Brasília – DF, com o apoio das Fundações Avina, Skoll, Gordon e Betty Moore e da USAID, a CSF Brasil realizou o Curso para Jornalistas. Com o tema Obras de Infraestrutura na Amazônia Brasileira, o curso trouxe à tona os principais desafios da cobertura midiática, capacitando jornalistas e profissionais que atuam na área em ferramentas de apoio à análise e ao diálogo sobre esses relevantes projetos de desenvolvimento. Entre os participantes, estavam 25 profissionais que atuam na mídia internacional, nacional e regional, dos seguintes Estados: Amazonas, Mato Grosso, Rondônia, Acre, Pará, Distrito Federal, São Paulo e Minas Gerais. Esses representaram 22 organizações, sendo 18 da sociedade civil e 4 governamentais.

Economic Tools for Conservation - 2014 International Course

“I gained a deeper understanding of microeconomic principles and why they can help conservationists and development practitioners. I met wonderful people that share similar values and will be a great resource for my work and inspiration for some time to come.” –Ulrike Troeger, Germany, 2014 International Course Participant

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