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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.

Strengthening the participation of private sector and Bolivian society in conservation

With support from the Good Energies Foundation, CSF is developing an innovative platform in Bolivia called PIENSA Verde to improve conservation by promoting greater participation and awareness among society.

In 2017, we conducted a feasibility assessment of the concept that indicated that implementing a platform like PIENSA Verde was indeed possible. This conclusion was based on (1) private sector interest in the platform, (2) multiple NGOs expressing interest in being a part of PIENSA Verde´s portfolio of projects, and (3) individuals expressing willingness to contribute monetarily to the platform.

In 2018, we completed the final design of the platform and sought strategic partners for implementation. The process included a definition of the technical and financial structure, selection of appropriate fundraising mechanisms, design of procedures and manuals for the mechanism, promotion of the program among the relevant stakeholders, and the formalization of commitments with the private sector and strategic companies to sponsor the launch and dissemination campaign of PIENSA Verde.

In 2019, we are working on applying mechanisms to collect monetary contributions and managing the platform.

PIENSA Verde is a unique and innovative project in Bolivia. We are confident that it will significantly increase the level of involvement of society with conservation and facilitate partnerships among social, business and environmental interests.

Photo: Wild Bush Dog.

Photo credit: Ondrej Prosicky.