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Analysis

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.

Comparative Analysis of Conservation Agreement Programs in the Amazon

CSF is working on a research and capacity building project for the World Bank to increase effectiveness of government-run conservation agreement and payment for ecosystem services (PES) programs in the Amazon Sustainable Landscapes (ASL) Program region.

Despite the potential for conservation agreements and PES mechanisms to make conservation attractive to landowners, program characteristics that efficiently deliver avoided deforestation and related goals are still not consistently included in program design.

We will produce a report that a) identifies a set of practices likely to deliver additionality and related outcomes, b) assesses performance of selected programs against these practices, and c) provides guidance to support improvement and scale-up. Information will be generated in a participatory manner, combining in-country dialogues, expert consultations, and a desk review of available information. Our goal is to make recommendations that are politically practical and take into account findings from the best available science.

Interim results will be presented at the ASL Regional Workshop scheduled for May in Leticia, Colombia. A final report will be available in July 2019.

About the Amazon Sustainable Landscapes Program

The Amazon Sustainable Landscapes Program (ASL) was approved by the GEF Council in October 2015. With a commitment of US$113 million of GEF resources and an expected US$682 million leveraged in additional financing, the ASL Program aims to protect globally significant biodiversity and implement policies to foster sustainable land use and restoration of native vegetation cover. The Program aims to maintain 73,000,000 hectares (ha) of forest land, promote sustainable land management in 52,700 ha, and support actions that will help reduce CO2 emissions by 300 million tons by 2030.

The ASL Program is a Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded initiative implemented by the World Bank and several other agencies.

Photo: Ferradura Park Canyon, Brazil
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