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Conservation Strategy Fund helps local conservationists use economic tools to find smart, efficient solutions to the most urgent environmental problems. Since its creation in 1998, CSF has conducted dozens of analysis projects in forests, rivers and coastal environments. Most of our work has focused in the tropics, where extraordinarily high levels of biological diversity are found. To maximize the reach and quality of our work, we involve leading experts and conservation organizations in all of our projects.

Cost-Benefit Analysis for the proposed Nazca Ridge Marine Protected Area, Peru

In partnership with Oceana, CSF is conducting a cost-benefit analysis (CBA) for the creation of the proposed Nazca Ridge Marine Protected Area (NRMPA) located off the coast of central Peru. The CBA will estimate the benefits from the creation of the proposed MPA and compare these with costs associated with managing and others resulting from the establishment of the MPA. Roughly 100 kilometers offshore, NRMPA has the potential to be an important icon for marine conservation in Peru and globally while also protecting a source of marine wildlife and resources from future overfishing and pollution threats.

Developing a Green Regency in the Heart of Borneo: Sustainable Landscape Planning in Sintang Regency, West Kalimantan

With the rise of jurisdictional approaches to sustainable commodity sourcing, along with pressure from national climate change mitigation action plans and policies to achieve the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), a number of regencies and provinces in Indonesia have taken steps towards embracing sustainable and low-carbon development plans. The main objective of this project is for the government and stakeholders in Sintang Regency to collectively design and make significant progress towards implementing a Green Regency plan that includes sustainable land use practices and better governance.

What do fishermen truly stand to lose from the creation of large MPAs? Comparing claims with actual economic costs

CSF is investigating the fishing-related opportunity costs of existing large-scale marine protected areas (MPAs) using Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM), Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument (PRI), the Palau National Sanctuary (PNS) and the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) as case studies. Specifically, CSF is working to evaluate the extent to which fishing regulations have been implemented at each MPA.

Evaluating the economic, social and environmental costs of planned road projects in the Amazon Basin

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With generous support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, CSF is working on a project to identify the relative riskiness of planned road projects in terms of economic, social and environmental costs in the Amazon basin, and to engage decision makers to ensure that this analysis is relevant, understood and to the greatest extent possible considered in decision-making processes.

Guidelines for USAID on integrating ecosystem service values into cost-benefit analysis

The United State Agency for International Development (USAID) is among the largest international development agencies worldwide. One of the tools USAID uses to select, design, and improve programming is cost-benefit analysis (CBA). As part of the USAID BRIDGE (Biodiversity Results and Integrated Development Gains Enhanced) project, the USAID Office of Forestry and Biodiversity is exploring the use of ecosystem service valuations in Agency CBAs.

Promoting the Cerrado biome conservation: Recommendations for Environmental Reserve Quotas (CRAs) Implementation in Brazil

CSF-Brazil is conducting a study on Environmental Reserve Quotas (CRAs) implementation in Maranhão state (MA) and opportunities in Bahia (BA) and Tocantins (TO) in the Cerrado (Brazilian savanna) biome. The study aims to support MA in the CRAs market implementation and to promote dialogue and the sharing of experiences with implementation among MA, BA and TO, with the ultimate goal of promoting ecosystems conservation in a more economically efficient and environmentally sound way.

Study of the Local Tourism Demand to Support the Development of Sustainable Tourism in Indigenous Lands in Mato Grosso

CSF-Brazil is conducting a study of the local tourism demand in Mato Grosso state to support the development of sustainable tourism in local Indigenous Lands (ILs).

Supporting the territorial management of a conservation unit in the Brazilian Amazon

CSF-Brazil - in partnership with the Brazilian Agricultural Research Agency of the state of Amapá (EMBRAPA-AP) and the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment (MMA) - is conducting a study focused on the Area of Environmental Protection of the Fazendinha farm (APA da Fazendinha) located in southern Macapá municipality, Amapá state, Brazil. The study aims to use the Integration of Ecosystem Services (IES) approach to support processes of territorial management and the development of socio-biodiversity value chains.

Supporting Fishery Resource Conservation in the Brazilian Amazon: Analysis of the Management and Commercialization of Pirarucu from Protected Areas in Amazonas State

CSF-Brazil is conducting an analysis of the management and commercialization of the pirarucu fish caught in protected areas (PAs) in the state of Amazonas, Brazil.

Impact Analysis of the Teles-Pires dam in the Brazilian Amazon

CSF is conducting an economic analysis of the impacts of the Teles-Pires dam construction in the Brazilian Amazon.