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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.
Corredeiras de Sao Luis do Tapajos no Brasil

São Luiz do Tapajós Dam: economic impacts and ecosystem services losses for local and regional populations

Ecosystems provide a variety of ecosystem services (ES) to society. Ecosystem services are benefit people obtain from ecosystem, as food or fresh water for example. Despite the importance of ES, they are still largely invisible in decision making, as in the case of the Tapajós River basin in Brazil.

Risks and opportunities of Environmental Reserve Quotas (CRA): How to ensure protection of priority conservation areas?

Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF-Brazil) analyzed the risks and benefits of the Environmental Reserve Quota (Portuguese acronym, CRA) markets in the state of Bahia, in the northeastern region of Brazil. The goal of this work is to support the government in the design of state law to ensure that CRA markets protect priority conservation areas.

Economic instruments for mangroves conservation in Brazilian protected areas

Roughly 90% of mangrove ecosystems in Brazil are located in Protected Areas (PA). However, there are important deficiencies in terms of financial sustainability and resource management in these areas that affect natural capital stocks, biodiversity and local communities that depend on natural resources.

In this context, CSF-Brazil conducted a project in 2016 on the management of mangrove ecosystem services and launched the publication "The values of ecosystem services of the Brazilian mangroves, economic instruments for its conservation and the Salgado Paraense case study".

This study aimed to:

Artisanal fisherman in Brazil

Mapping the Value Chain of Artisanal Fisheries of the Brazilian Amazon Coast

In the Amazon, artisanal fishing is of paramount importance to the livelihood and income of traditional communities. As it plays a central role in the culture of the region, it is especially important to maintain its contributions for the conservation of coastal and marine ecosystems. At present, there are several bottlenecks in the production, processing and commercialization of products that affect the structure of and hinder the development of artisanal fisheries value chains.

In 2017, CSF-Brazil completed the mapping of the value chains of fisheries held by traditional communities in the Brazilian Amazon including shrimp fisheries in the Brazilian states of Amapá, Pará and Maranhão and crab fisheries in the state of Pará.

Shansho peru madre de dios jungle amazon environmental compensation

Assessing the Peruvian biodiversity offset scheme and the potential role of protected areas

In December 2014, Peru's Ministry of the Environment made a major policy announcement in a ministerial resolution that established guidelines for developers to offset the residual impacts of their projects. The policy was several years in the making and the product of exhaustive analysis on the part of ministry staff and important policy support from CSF and several other organizations, including the Peruvian Society for Environmental Law, The Nature Conservancy and the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Economic Valuation of Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space

In collaboration with Sonoma State University and with support from the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, Conservation Strategy Fund is conducting an economic valuation of multiple ecosystem services provided by large urban open space, focusing on Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space area in Southeastern Santa Rosa, located in Sonoma County, California.

COMSERBO Pando Bolivia CSF

Interés y preferencias de los usuarios del bosque para participar en el Programa COMSERBO-Pando

El Programa Conservación y Manejo Sostenible Estratégico del Recurso Bosque en Pando (COMSERBO-Pando) surge como un mecanismo de incentivos orientado a disminuir las amenazas de deforestación en la región amazónica de Bolivia, además de contribuir al manejo sustentable del bosque y mejorar las condiciones de vida de las familias. Este Programa promueve el manejo integral del bosque a través de la generación de acuerdos voluntarios entre usuarios del bosque y el Estado Boliviano. Es una iniciativa del gobierno departamental de Pando y está enmarcada en la política boliviana sobre bosques y cambio climático. Se trata de un mecanismo de asistencia técnica y financiera que incentive a los usuarios del bosque a hacer un manejo integral y sustentable de ese recurso.

Land, tourism and taxes: An evaluation of tourism income in Sonoma County

With support from the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, Conservation Strategy Fund is evaluating the benefits of tourism in Sonoma County, California; specifically tourist behavior and tourism-related income in the context of scenic beauty and open space. With 7.5 million tourists per year, Sonoma County's economy thrives due in part to the contribution of tourists who visit for many reasons, including the area's rolling hills and panoramic vistas. 

Análisis de costos del programa COMSERBO en el Departmento de Pando, Bolivia

El Programa Conservación y Manejo Sostenible Estratégico del Recurso Bosque (COMSERBO) es una iniciativa del gobierno regional del Departamento de Pando en Bolivia. Se trata de un mecanismo de incentivos económicos que reconoce el manejo sostenible del recurso forestal y, genera posibilidades de desarrollo a través del pago de un monto determinado y la provisión de asesoría técnica a las comunidades que conservan sus bosques, para el desarrollo de emprendimientos sostenibles. COMSERBO trabaja actualmente con 7 comunidades, cubriendo aproximadamente 69.307 hectáreas y beneficiando a 196 familias. El programa tiene planes de expandirse y beneficiar a más de 5.000 familias en los próximos 5 años y abarcar un millón de hectáreas de bosque.

El Programa Socio Bosque en la provincia de Sucumbíos: Análisis económico del uso de la tierra y las preferencias de los propietarios

El Programa Socio Bosque (PSB) busca la conservación de los bosques ecuatorianos y el reconocimiento a los actores sociales involucrados en este proceso, mediante la entrega de incentivos económicos que contribuyan también al desarrollo sustentable y la reducción de la pobreza. La provincia de Sucumbíos conserva un importante porcentaje de los bosque remanentes en el Ecuador, pero la deforestación ha sido identificada como uno de los principales problemas ambientales de la región. PSB trabaja con 2 tipos de actores sociales en esta zona: agentes privados con propiedad individual de la tierra y grupos poblacionales con propiedad colectiva, los cuales son principalmente indígenas Kichwas y Sionas, entre otros.