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Economics for Environmental Leadership

Conservation Strategy Fund gives conservation professionals economic knowledge and skills that are key for success in protecting the environment. Our unique Economics for Environmental Leadership capacity building program focuses on conservation economics, drawing on the fields of environmental economics, natural resource economics, agricultural economics, development economics and behavioral economics to advance conservation goals in practical, strategic ways. This approach is crucial at a time when global-scale environmental changes are being driven by a diversity of economic factors, and when conservation leaders are striving to harness opportunities to reward the preservation of ecosystem services.

International Economic Tools for Conservation Course - 2017

Our 19th annual International Economic Tools for Conservation course held at the University of California Berkeley where we hosted 33 conservation professionals working in 20 different countries for organizations including Conservation International, USAID, World Wildlife Fund, The Nature Conservancy, UN Environment, the US National Park Service and the Waitt Foundation.

 

MAR Leadership Program - Cost Benefit Analysis

The 3rd course with the MAR-L Fellows took place in Guatemala from May 15-19, 2017. Our staff spend two days going in-depth into integrated environmental-economic Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA), including a case study and presentations.

Integrated Landscape Policy and Economics

In May 2017 we held a 5 day course on landscape economics and policy in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. Thirty-five people participated in the course, which consisted of the following modules:

Day 1

  • Overview of strategic landscape issues and policy
  • Linkage of policy, institutions, and practice on the ground
  • Sustainable landscape governance framework
  • Sustainable development: key principles and application

Day 2

  • Basic microeconomics
  • Basic macroeconomics
  • Government budgetary issues and linkages to landscape policy
  • Village development planning and allocation of the village fund

Day 3

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.

MAR Leadership Program - Valuation

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.

MAR Leadership Program - Economic Fundamentals

The MAR Leadership program (MAR-L) staff and 2016 fellows cohort gathered in Cancún, Mexico in September to meet each other and learn about the importance of economic fundamentals for natural resource conservation. Instructors came from the Center for the Blue Economy (CBE), Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF) and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). 

2016 Mesoamerican Reef Leadership Fellows Mexico2016 MAR-L fellows.

Economic Tools for Protected Area Tourism in Brazil

The four day training on Economic and Financial Feasibility of Supporting Services for Visitation of Conservation Units (Unidades de Conservação - UCs) was hold at the Biodiversity National Academy (ACADEBio), in Iperó, Brazil.

The course was attended by twenty-two members of the ICMBio from nine different states in Brazil who are responsible for protected areas management, three employees of the ACADEBio and one entrepreneur from the community-based tourism sector in the Amazon state.

The goal of the course was to give participants an understanding of how to use economic tools to make decisions about developing tourism activities and allocating resources in the UCs.

Economic Tools for Conservation - 2016 International Course

An incredible group of 20 participants from 15 countries joined us at UC Berkely for our 18th annual International Economic Tools for Conservation course in the summer of 2016. Representatives from The Nature Conservancy, WWF, GEF World Bank, UNEP, and government, academic, and regional organizations all came together to learn how economics can help them achieve their conservation goals.