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.

Forest restoration business analysis in Amazonas state, Brazil

CSF-Brazil, in partnership with World Wildlife Fund in Brazil (WWF-Brazil), is conducting a feasibility study of forest restoration projects at a landscape level in southern Amazonas (AM) state, Brazil.

The New York Declaration on Forests - launched at the UN Climate Summit 2014 - established a goal of restoring 350 million hectares worldwide by 2030 to support global warming mitigation. However, mobilizing funding from the private sector to address the finance gap to achieve Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) at scale has proven an enormous challenge.

In this context, CSF-Brazil is conducting a feasibility analysis of three models for forest restoration in Southern AM. If economically viable, these models could attract private investments to help in achieving Brazil’s restoration goals. Thus, the initiative will provide a model for restoration and financing, with the potential to be scaled at the national level.

The feasibility study will provide:
1) An economic and ecological assessment of three models of forest restoration with species with potential commercial wood and non-timber production. We aim to identify species with greater return potential through field surveys and cost-benefit analysis. As an initial step, we gathered preliminary data for our analysis via interviews and a field visit where we evaluated forest restoration models used by producers and noted plant species present in Apuí municipality.
2) Recommendations to attract investments for forest restoration, including comments on issues such as governmental regulations, enforcement and capacity, subsidies, and related legislation on environmental issues.
3) An analysis of the obstacles limiting the development of FLR in the region.
4) Presentation of a convincing business case(s) for investors.
The feasibility study will be shared on our website at the end of the project.

Photo: Forests in the Amazon are home to enormous biological diversity and have vast carbon sequestration potential.
Photo credit: The Field Museum.