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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.

Feasibility Analysis for Conservation Agreements in Pilón Lajas Biosphere Reserve and Communal Lands Watersheds

CSF is evaluating the feasibility of conservation agreements to guarantee the protection of the Pilón Lajas Biosphere Reserve and Communal Lands watersheds in Bolivia. Through consultation workshops with various stakeholders, we will consider different financial mechanisms and make recommendations on the best model to be implemented in Pilón Lajas. If we find that conservation agreements are feasible in this area, we will seek to work on the final design and implementation.

Background

The Pilón Lajas Biosphere Reserve and Communal Lands is located in northwest Bolivia, about 200 miles northeast of La Paz. The area is home to numerous indigenous communities, and its forests provide springs and reservoirs essential for water regulation and provision downstream throughout the region. Proper stewardship of the water sources is therefore essential.

Conservation agreements have demonstrated positive results in several other regions of Bolivia, where stakeholders are actively participating in financing mechanisms to protect water sources. The Tsimané Moseten Regional Council, responsible for the oversight and management of Pilón Lajas, approached CSF with an interest in using a similar mechanism, or designing a new one to address the particular characteristics of the reserve.

This project is supported by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund.

Photo: River in Bolivia. 

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