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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.

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), International Rivers and Operação Amazônia Nativa (OPAN), is carrying out a detailed study on the construction of the proposed hydropower plant Castanheira in the Arinos river, in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil. This study has 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) assist the decision makers about this kind of infrastructure work through a cost-benefit analysis of the dam.

Increasing the Sustainability of Mangrove Management

CSF is collaborating with NatureServe and Pronatura Veracruz on a project for the Inter-American Development Bank to create a replicable model for mangrove ecosystem management. This model will be built on engagement of local communities using ecological condition assessment, economic valuation, and development of alternative livelihoods. The project is focused on the Alvarado Lagoon System in Veracruz, Mexico, a RAMSAR-recognized wetland of global importance. CSF’s primary role in this project is leading the economics, with a focus on helping communities perceive and develop solutions to the market challenges they face in transitioning to sustainability.

Customized Training and Mentored Policy Research on Integrated Landscape Policy & Economics

With support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, CSF is working on a project to promote integrated landscape approaches for sustainable forests and land use policy and management at the sub-national level in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia.

The specific objectives of the program areas follows:

Impact Analysis of the Teles-Pires dam in the Brazilian Amazon

CSF is conducting an economic analysis of the impacts of the Teles-Pires dam construction in the Brazilian Amazon.

Supporting Fishery Resource Conservation in the Brazilian Amazon: Analysis of the Management and Commercialization of Pirarucu from Protected Areas in Amazonas State

CSF-Brazil is conducting an analysis of the management and commercialization of the pirarucu fish caught in protected areas (PAs) in the state of Amazonas, Brazil.

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

CSF-Brazil - in partnership with the Brazilian Agricultural Research Agency of the state of Amapá (EMBRAPA-AP) and the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment (MMA) - is conducting a study focused on the Area of Environmental Protection of the Fazendinha farm (APA da Fazendinha) located in southern Macapá municipality, Amapá state, Brazil. The study aims to use the Integration of Ecosystem Services (IES) approach to support processes of territorial management and the development of socio-biodiversity value chains.

Evaluating the economic, social and environmental costs of planned road projects in the Amazon Basin

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With generous support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, CSF is working on a project to identify the relative riskiness of planned road projects in terms of economic, social and environmental costs in the Amazon basin, and to engage decision makers to ensure that this analysis is relevant, understood and to the greatest extent possible considered in decision-making processes.

What do fishermen truly stand to lose from the creation of large MPAs? Comparing claims with actual economic costs

CSF is investigating the fishing-related opportunity costs of existing large-scale marine protected areas (MPAs) using Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM), Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument (PRI), the Palau National Sanctuary (PNS) and the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) as case studies. Specifically, CSF is working to evaluate the extent to which fishing regulations have been implemented at each MPA.