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.

Supporting the territorial management of a conservation unit in the Brazilian Amazon

CSF-Brazil - in partnership with the Brazilian Agricultural Research Agency of the state of Amapá (EMBRAPA-AP) and the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment (MMA) - is conducting a study focused on the Area of Environmental Protection of the Fazendinha farm (APA da Fazendinha) located in southern Macapá municipality, Amapá state, Brazil. The study aims to use the Integration of Ecosystem Services (IES) approach to support processes of territorial management and the development of socio-biodiversity value chains.

The APA da Fazendinha is a Conservation Unit (CU) that was created in 2004 to reconcile the needs of the local population, environment protection and the development of economic activities through the sustainable use of its natural resources. This area is nearly 137 hectares and is managed by the Environment Secretariat of Amapá state (SEMA-AP). The CU has potential for the development of a number of sustainable socio-economic activities, such as community-based ecotourism activities, and the production and commercialization of vegetable oils and açaí fruit.

However, the APA does not have a management plan in place and these productive activities - which depend on the provision of Ecosystem Services (ES) - are being carried out without accounting for ecosystems' capacity to support them. Furthermore, being in an urban area, this CU suffers high external pressure, due to a range of commercial enterprises, a port, a highway and a ranch.

To help address these issues, CSF-Brazil is conducting a study to : 1) analyze these pressures on ecosystems and how these endanger the provision of ES; 2) evaluate the economic viability of more sustainable management of the APA's ecosystems, and thus of the productive activities mentioned above; and 3) develop a fundraising strategy for the APA, with a focus on the consolidation of these socio-biodiversity value chains and the permanence of ES in this territory. We will present our preliminary results during a validation workshop, and then publish and disseminate the project report.

This study is being conducted with the technical support of the MMA and the EMBRAPA-AP and the financial support of the German Cooperation Agency in Brazil (GIZ) within the scope of the project Conservation of Biodiversity through the Integration of Ecosystem Services in Public Policies and Business Performance - TEEB Regional-Local (TEEB R-L), whose objective is to highlight the benefits that biodiversity and ES promote for society, as well as the increasing costs of its loss or degradation, aiming at a greater integration of the value of the ES in decision making processes.

Photo: Açaí fruit from the Amazon.
Photo credit: Horacio Lorini.