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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.

Strengthening the Brazil Nut Value Chain: Economic Feasibility Study of the Implementation of a New Cooperation Network in Amazonas State

CSF is doing an economic feasibility analysis of the implementation of the Agro-extractivist Cooperatives and Associations Network of the State of Amazonas (RECABAAM) to help improve the Brazil nut value chain.

Traditional peoples and communities' agro-extrativist associations and cooperatives in Protected Areas in the Brazilian state of Amazonas face several challenges. These are mainly related to their businesses' management and the commercialization of their products, such as the Brazil nut, pirarucu fish and fruits, among others.

Conservation Economics Initiative

Conservation Strategy Fund and Duke University have launched a collaborative partnership to create a Conservation Economics Initiative, thanks to generous grants from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Marcia Brady Tucker Foundation. The Initiative will make economics training more readily available to conservation professionals around the world by combining the academic capabilities of a university leader in the environmental field with CSF’s agility and experience in delivering training to conservation practitioners.

The initiative will improve the quality and quantity of training currently available, develop new course content, and connect Duke faculty and students with environmental practitioners in developing countries.

Capacity Building and Technical Support for Parques Nacionales Naturales de Colombia

Colombia is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. The country's fifty-nine protected areas are managed by Parques Nacionales de Colombia (PNNC) who hope to use Payments for Environmental Services (PES) to stimulate conservation and restoration of ecosystems. With support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, CSF provided capacity building and technical support to support PNNC in this endeavor.

Opportunity cost assessment and mapping Tropical Andes

International climate change discussions have identified the use of economic incentives as an important means to reduce deforestation. Governments in the Amazon Andes have created or are in the process of creating incentive mechanisms to pursue this goal, frequently alongside other complementary development and conservation objectives.  In order to be most effective, one of the key pieces of information that these mechanisms need is the opportunity cost of conservation. Unfortunately, this data is remarkably scarce in the region.

Scenario Planning of West Papua as a Conservation Province

Through support from DFID/UKCUU, CSF Indonesia led a scenario planning process of West Papua in relation to West Papua having recently been established as a Conservation Province (Provinsi Konservasi). The purpose of scenario planning was twofold. First was to develop a comprehensive understanding of what the future may hold for the sustainability of development in West Papua. Second was to establish a well-rooted vision that the stakeholders of West Papua will choose as the vision for the future, based on the shared knowledge of key driving forces, the interplay among these forces and actors, and the directions the interactions may result on.

Local economic costs of the proposed Isiolo dam: A scoping study

CSF conducted a desk-based study of potential local costs associated with the construction of the proposed Isiolo Dam in the Ewaso Ng’iro River in Kenya.

The dam has been identified by Kenya’s National Water Conservation and Pipeline Corporation as necessary to improve local livelihood by providing water for domestic and livestock use, small irrigation activities, and in the future, for tourists in the proposed Isiolo Resort City.

However, there has also been opposition to the proposed construction, based on concerns that the dam could expose herders downstream to drought, negatively affect endangered wildlife, and put the local wildlife-tourism based economy at risk.

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Fortalecimiento de capacidades para el manejo integral y aprovechamiento sustentable de los bosques

Este proyecto está conformado por dos componentes: 1) Fortalecimiento de capacidades a nivel de profesionales a través de cursos cortos y presenciales y 2) Desarrollo de investigaciones Estratégicas.  

Programa COMSERBO-Pando

COMSERBO-Pando Program

After finishing two studies related to the Economic Incentives Program in Pando-Bolivia, COMSERBO-Pando, CSF is supporting the Government of Pando in developing instruments for establishing the program officially in government projects, while allowing seeking funds for its expansion.  

Scenario Planning in North Aceh

CSF Indonesia led a multi-stakeholder sustainable development planning process for the North Aceh Regency. This planning process included two workshops. The first was a Scenario Planning Workshop, which generated an optimum scenario for North Aceh in the year 2032. The second was the Development Planning Workshop, which translated and embedded the scenario, vision, and mission into actual development programs. Participant represented CSOs and government agencies, as well as local stakeholders.

Results of this process are expected to be adopted to become the technocratic draft of the medium-term development plan by the regency government.

Economic Incentives in the North of the Amazon

Several countries are working on the development of mechanisms to build conservation agreements as policies to combat increasing deforestation and poverty reduction. Among these countries is Bolivia with the regional Program COMSERBO-Pando and conservation agreements with different communities.