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.

Sustainable Tourism Pathways for Palau

The Republic of Palau is located in the Micronesia region of the western Pacific Ocean, and is a well-known tourist destination for its outstanding scuba-diving and snorkeling sites, picturesque rock islands, and unique jellyfish lake. Palauans have adopted an economic development strategy that is centered on tourism to these exceptional marine sites, a plan they have termed “Pristine Paradise. Palau”. However, over the past three years the number of tourists has increased by 70%, primarily from Asia. This massive boom in tourist numbers is threatening to degrade the very natural resources that tourists come to enjoy.

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

Herramientas Económicas para la Conservación en la Amazonía Andina: Manejo de Recursos Naturales y Sostenibilidad Financiera en Áreas Protegidas. Perú 2015

Este curso ofreció herramientas para un mejor manejo de las áreas protegidas de la Amazonía Andina a 25 profesionales de Colombia, Ecuador y Perú. 

"El curso, tal y como lo plantea CSF, es de vital importancia por el contenido técnico... es un aporte muy importante para la generación de capacidades en actores locales que puedan tomar decisiones con una orientación guiada la sostenibilidad financiera" Henry Mavisoy Muchavisoy, Cabildo Kamëntsá Biÿá (Putumayo, Colombia)



Economic Valuation of Ecosystem Services - Namibia 2015

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.

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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

Herramientas Económicas para la Conservación en la Amazonía Andina: Valoración Económica de Impactos Ambientales. Colombia 2014

El curso contó con 23 participantes que se encuentran trabajando en el área ambiental de la Amazonía Andina de Colombia, Ecuador y Perú, quienes aprendieron y reforzaron conocimientos sobre Valoración Ambiental, tuvieron la oportunidad de conocer e interactuar con los instructores y establecieron lazos profesionales y de amistad gracias al espacio creado a través de los cursos que ofrece ICAA para el fortalecimiento de capacidades y el relacionamiento entre profesionales de la conservación en la región.

La calidad de los profesores es uno de los factores que favorece el interés, compromiso y clima logrado para el aprendizaje, intercambio de experiencia y trabajos grupales.



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