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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.
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Biocultural Conservation of the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest: Preventing Deforestation in the Karib and Mondé-Kawahiba Ethnoenvironmental Corridors

Reducing deforestation pressure in the Brazilian Amazon region is an enormous challenge for indigenous people, traditional communities and Conservation Unit (CU) managers. In order to tackle this challenge and to develop more efficient territorial protections, it is necessary to increase the resources and strengthen the abilities of these groups.

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Demand for visits to Tanzania's national parks

Tanzania’s system of 16 national parks includes some of the most famous natural places on earth such as Serengeti and Kilamanjaro, as well as many lesser-known areas that are equally spectacular. The park system is managed by Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA), which funds activities solely through revenue generated from tourism; it does not receive any government funds. With tourism currently Tanzania’s second largest contributor to gross domestic product (GDP), effective management of the parks system is vital for both wildlife and the country’s economy.

Value-chain analysis of sea cucumber fisheries

CSF is partnering with the government of Ngardmau State, Palau, to conduct a value-chain analysis of their sea cucumber fishery. For the community of Ngardmau, sea cucumbers represent an important species culturally and, if managed properly, have the potential to significantly improve economic conditions in the area. The second highest-valued export commodity within the Pacific, sea cucumbers are among the few resources that can deliver profits at the village level.

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An economic comparison of alternatives to building a port on Goat Islands, Jamaica

In 2013, Jamaica’s Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing announced that the China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) had selected the area on and around the Goat Islands to build a major transhipment port and accompanying industrial complex. Due to the location of the proposed site in the core of the Portland Bight Protected Area, reactions have been heated.

Biodiversity monitoring costs in Brazilian national parks

As one of the 17 megadiverse countries, Brazil contains 20% of the earth’s biodiversity and features the largest number of endemic species in the world. Despite this, the local biodiversity monitoring in Brazil is irregular and occurs in a disorganized manner.

CSF Brazil, in partnership with Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio) and the German Technical Cooperation Agency (GIZ), is conducting a study of the cost of implementation and maintenance of ICMBio’s biodiversity monitoring program, including the indication of financial mechanisms and sources for the continuation of the program in the long run.

Understanding the farm-level economics of Rainforest Alliance certification

CSF is working with the Rainforest Alliance (RA) to design and carry out research on the costs and benefits to farmers of RA certification. The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and improve livelihoods by promoting and evaluating the implementation of globally respected sustainability standards in a variety of fields. These include cocoa, coffee, and tea, among the most important crops grown in biologically important regions. RA certifies a major portion of global supply of some of these crops, including more than 130,000 cocoa farms in 11 countries.

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Fortalecimiento de capacidades institucionales para la aplicación de herramientas económicas para la conservación en proyectos de infraestructura - Bolivia

CSF presenta un nuevo programa de fortalecimiento de capacidades, esta vez, a nivel institucional. Este programa es financiado por la Fundación Gordon y Betty Moore.

Estimating the value of restoring coastal environments in the Marshall Islands

CSF is partnering with the Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority (MIMRA) and the Marshall Islands Conservation Society (MICS) to analyze the economic benefits of protecting or restoring coastal and marine areas in Majuro Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) from damaging activities such as overfishing, mining, and pollution. The project will also consider the role of marine and terrestrial protected areas in maintaining or enhancing these benefits.

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Fortalecimiento de capacidades institucionales para la aplicación de herramientas económicas para la conservación en proyectos de infraestructura - Perú

CSF presenta un nuevo programa de fortalecimiento de capacidades, esta vez, a nivel institucional y a través de una capacitación que combina sesiones online con talleres presenciales . Este programa es financiado por USAID y la Fundación Gordon y Betty Moore a través del programa BUILD (Biodiversity Understanding in Infrastructure and Landscape Development).

Sustainable economic development in Yap

CSF is helping Yap State in the Federated States of Micronesia design a framework for sustainable economic development. Key stakeholders will explore scenarios for future development, learn how to measure environmental, social, cultural and economic impacts of different types of programs, and evaluate the potential of proposed projects to achieve sustainable development. This effort is one of several analysis projects being conducted in Micronesia following CSF's Economic Tools for Conservation in Micronesia course held in March of 2012.