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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.
Photo: Açaí fruit from the Amazon. Photo credit: Horacio Lorini.

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

CSF-Brazil - in partnership with the Brazilian Agricultural Research Agency of Amapá (EMBRAPA-AP), the Brazilian Environment Ministry (MMA) and the German Cooperation Agency in Brazil (GIZ) - has completed a study addressing the relationship between Ecosystem Services (ESs) and the development of extractive products value chains focused on the Environmental Protection Area of the Fazendinha (Fazendinha APA) located in southern Macapá municipality, Amapá state (AM), Brazil. We identified valuable information to support the APA's future Management Plan. Overall, the study aims to promote sustainable livelihoods in the Brazilian Amazon.

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

CSF-Brazil completed a study of the local tourism demand in Mato Grosso (MT) state to support the development of sustainable tourism in Indigenous Lands (ILs) of the Juruena river basin.

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

The United States 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.

Contributing to the decision-making process about hydropower plants in the Brazilian Amazon region: Study of the financial feasibility and potential impacts of the Castanheira Dam

Conservação Estratégica (CSF-Brazil), in partnership with Instituto Centro de Vida (ICV, Institute of Life Center), International Rivers and Operação Amazônia Nativa (OPAN, Native Amazon Operation), carried out a detailed study on the construction of the proposed Castanheira hydropower plant on the Arinos river, in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil. This study had three goals: (1) evaluate the financial feasibility of the project; (2) contribute to the analysis of socio-environmental impacts associated with the construction of hydroelectric dams in the Amazon region; and (3) provide information to decision makers about this type of infrastructure through a cost-benefit analysis of the dam.

Promoting Forest Conservation in Brazil: Identifying Challenges and Opportunities of the Design and Implementation of the Environmental Reserves Quotas (CRA) Market's State Regulations

CSF-Brazil conducted a study to subsidize the design and implementation processes of the Cotas de Reserva Ambiental (CRA, Environmental Reserve Quotas) market regulations by the Brazilian States to help conserve the forest in a more economically efficient and environmentally sound way.

Quantifying the economic value of protected areas in Mexico

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p>CSF worked with Mexico’s National Commission for Protected Areas (CONANP) and the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) to assess the economic value of the ecosystem services provided by the country's Cabo Pulmo National Park, Iztaccíhuatl-Popocatépetl National Park (Izta-Popo for short), Cozumel Reefs National Park, and Cozumel Island Flora and Fauna Protected Area.

Multiplier Effects of Tourism Spending in Peru’s National Parks

Photo: Liz Bailón, Paracas National Reserve

With support from the Andes Amazon Fund, CSF conducted an analysis on multiplier effects of tourism spending in Peru’s national parks. Peru has created eleven national parks and numerous other protected areas in its Andes Amazon region covering approximately 18 million hectares. While efforts are currently under way to address existing funding gaps, the long term financial sustainability of Peru’s protected areas requires a substantial, long-term increase in allocation of public funds. Furthermore, Peru’s biological importance justifies expansion of the existing protected area system in the Andes Amazon, further increasing funding required.

Conservation Finance Curriculum Development

CSF has received a grant from Blue Solutions to support curriculum development on conservation finance. This will add to the current suite of Blue Solutions trainings that include marine spatial planning, climate change adaptation, and integrating ecosystem services into marine and coastal development.

Economic Analysis for the Indonesian Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

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p>As part of a generous grant from the Walton Family Foundation, and in cooperation with IPB (Bogor Agriculture University) Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Sciences, CSF developed an economic analysis and a set of recommendations to the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) and the Government of Indonesia (GOI) for implementing the Presidential Instruction on the Acceleration of Development of the National Fishery Industry.

Fishery Opportunity Analyses in Latin America

As part of a generous grant from the Walton Family Foundation, CSF conducted fishery opportunity analyses in three Latin American countries with important fishery sectors: Peru, Chile and Mexico. These analyses were designed to help CSF identify the best ways and geographies in which to grow our integrated marine and fisheries strategy, which helps to improve conservation decisions by incorporating sound economics into marine and fisheries management. Until now, CSF’s Oceans and Fish program has been focused on the Indo-Pacific region, but with this timely support, we began to lay the groundwork to expand our marine program in Latin America, where CSF has a long-standing terrestrial presence.