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.

Incorporating Ecosystem Services into Urban Planning in Mexico

CSF is working with decision makers in three cities in Mexico - Mérida, León and Morelia - providing technical and political guidance on how to integrate ecosystem service values into urban planning. Following consultation workshops with various stakeholders in each city, we will implement ecosystem service valuations in protected areas surrounding these cities. The results of these studies will inform public policy and urban planning within the municipalities.

This project is part of the Climate Protection Program in the Mexican Urban Policy "CiClim", financed by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) and implemented by GIZ.


The "CiClim" project provides technical advice and strategic support to promote sustainable urban development in Mexico, focusing on mobility, environmental, and social needs. The project partners work closely with the Ministry of Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development (SEDATU), the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), and local administrations in Hermosillo, León, Mérida, Morelia and Tlaquepaque.

Photo: Mérida from above

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