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.

Economic tools training for mangrove ecosystems in Brazil

The five-day Economic Tools for Conservation of Mangroves in Protected Areas course was held at the Center for Research and Conservation of Northeast Marine Biodiversity (CEPENE), located in the city of Tamandaré, in Pernambuco state, in northeastern Brazil.

It was attended by twenty-five members of the Chico Mendes Institute for Conservation of Biodiversity (ICMBio), responsible for managing protected areas with mangroves from ten states in Brazil.

Graduación 2016 México curso Herramientas económicas

Herramientas Económicas para la Conservación de la Naturaleza - México y el Arrecife Mesoamericano 2016


Hace aproximadamente un mes, el curso de Herramientas Económicas, en su tercera edición con enfoque marino-costero y pesquería, concluyó de manera satisfactoria. El curso se llevó a cabo en instalaciones de El mangle, en La Paz Baja California Sur, México. Se contó con la participación de 20 profesionales conservacionistas, quienes representaron a 17 instituciones públicas, académicas y ONGs de Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico.

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.

Economic Analysis under the State's Regulatory Framework - CA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife

In April 2016, CSF lead a three-day training for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) in Sacramento, CA. Participants included 22 members of the CDFW staff, and 5 members of the California Fish and Game Commission (FGC). We were able to reach 8 staff in field offices across California using remote access technology and our online workspace. The majority of participants also attended our Economic Tools for Natural Resource Management course in October 2015.

Economic Valuation of Ecosystem Services - India 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.

Herramientas Económicas para la Evaluación de Factibilidad y Diseño de Negocios Sustentables - Bolivia 2016

El entrenamiento concluyó de manera exitosa, contando con la participación de 26 profesionales que trabajan en diferentes zonas, e instituciones públicas, privadas, indígenas y de cooperación de Bolivia.

Dicha diversidad de perfiles enriquecieron de manera especial las discusiones y clases alrededor del diseño, planificación, evaluación de negocios sustentables en Bolivia.

"Todos los temas tocados en el curso fueron necesarios, el curso brindó pautas que me ayudarán a mejorar mi desempeño y el de mi institución."

Economic Tools for Natural Resource Conservation - California Department of Fish & Wildlife

The three-day course was intensive and covered the fundamental concepts of microeconomics and natural resource economics, as well as ecosystem services and environmental valuation. CSF staff presented the results of the abalone fishery valuation analysis we conducted in partnership with CDFW, and participants practiced using all the material from the previous sessions in the final module: cost-benefit analysis (CBA). CSF’s signature blend of theoretical lectures from experts and hands-on exercises generated positive feedback from participants:

“Your coverage of the key concepts and methods is remarkably thorough, clear, and easy to follow.”

“The CBA training was incredibly valuable and will prove most useful.”

Graduates of CSF's 2015 economic tools for conservation course

Economic Tools for Conservation - 2015 International Course

"I not only learned about economic concepts that will help me in my career, facing environmental issues, but also this course gave me the opportunity to meet wonderful people from around the world. These people have inspired me to believe and to have hope for the challenges we are facing. I feel very happy and lucky to have been a part of the course and part of this wonderful group." – Isabel Felandro Llanos, Ministry of the Environment, Peru

Herramientas Económicas para la Conservación de la Naturaleza - México y el Arrecife Mesoamericano 2015

El entrenamiento concluyó de manera exitosa, contando con la participación de 23 profesionales que trabajan en diferentes zonas y sectores de México y el Arrecife Mesoamericano. Dicha diversidad de perfiles enriquecieron de manera especial las discusiones y pláticas alrededor de los temas expuestos.

Muchas gracias a nuestros profesores Mauricio Medinaceli, Jorge Madeira, Alfonso Malky, Daniel Revollo y Alejandro Guevara. Gracias también a los socios de la iniciativa UNAM–CSF, al Instituto de Ecología de la UNAM, a las organizaciones GIZ/CONANP, Environmental Defense Fund de México (EDF), MARFUND, Fondo Mexicano para la Conservación, FONNOR A.C., y The Nature Conservancy (TNC); quiénes hicieron posible la participación de varios de los participantes !

Economic Tools for Marine Conservation - Indonesia 2015

“This course is really helpful for people making decisions or designing projects. By looking at things from an economic perspective, we can take into account the externalities that will likely affect the program.” -Indonesia 2015 Course Graduate