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.

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:

  1. Build capacity for developing policy and designing incentives for sustainable resource utilization and conservation through training and analysis on land-use economics and use of economic instruments, land-use policies, and sustainable business plans.
  2. Build capacity closest to where it is needed, and one that stays close to where it is needed by equipping local scientists, researchers, and the community of changemakers/policy makers with key knowledge in economics that will enable them to conduct better policy analysis as well as design and implement policies more effectively.
  3. Provide real on-the-ground learning experiences for the course graduates to directly contribute to strategic forestry and land use management and policy issues at their locality/kabupaten through policy research that is locally relevant.

This project will include:

  1. A one-week customized training course focused on the policy, economics and governance of land use in the context of Indonesia and Central Kalimantan Province. The target participants of the training program are from the community of changemakers at the sub-national level including leaders from civil society organizations and progressive businesses, academics, and representatives of key government institutions in development planning, forestry and land use management.
  2. Mentored Policy Research to be proposed and implemented by an estimated 6 course graduates, over 6-9 months. This program will combine research ideas gathered from the training participants with strategic issues in forestry and land use management faced by the province of Central Kalimantan and Indonesia overall.