From all of us here at CSF, we want to say thank you! As we look back on what has been an incredibly difficult year, we know one thing is certain: without your support, we wouldn’t have been able to accomplish so much. Your support powered our work and helped us to continue our important conservation efforts around the world. To celebrate all CSF achieved this year, we want to share some of our major highlights from 2020:
Kiluan is a small fishing village in Lampung Province, Indonesia, which lies at the southern tip of the island of Sumatra. Over the last decade, a community-based dolphin-watching industry has developed there in large part due to Kiluan’s native populations of small cetacean species, including the spinner dolphin and the Risso dolphin. Like many villages across Indonesia, marine-based tourism has become an increasingly vital sector of the local economy, and in Kiluan village, dolphin-watching tourism has emerged as a particularly lucrative side of the tourist industry.
Alfonso Malky, Director Técnico de CSF para América Latina, participó del Primer Congreso Internacional sobre Amazonia peruana: investigación para el desarrollo, perspectivas y retos, llevado a cabo del 23 al 27 de noviembre.
Alumni Spotlight: Sri Fitriani Monoarfa and the Economic Value of Whale Shark Tourism in Botubarani Village
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the whale shark, or Rhincodon typus, has been added to IUCN's red list of endangered species, following a population decline of 50% over the last three generations. While the causes of the whale shark population’s decline are not yet fully known, the conservation of their remaining habitat is more critical now than ever before.
En un reciente estudio realizado por Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF) y FAUNAGUA, con el apoyo de WWF-Bolivia, se estimó que el valor económico anual de la pesca comercial amazónica es superior a los 100 millones de Bs, y probablemente alcanza los 148 000 millones de Bs. El pescado amazónico es parte de una compleja cadena productiva que involucra pescadores, mayoristas, minoristas y restaurantes, proveyendo empleo a más de 5 000 personas. Además de este valor, existe una importante contribución de la pesca de subsistencia a la seguridad alimentaria de las familias que viven en zonas rurales, donde el pescado es la principal fuente de proteínas.
This past September, Conservation Strategy Fund partnered with the Cerrado Institute (Instiuto Cerrados) to host a virtual seminar in Brazil on the economic and social implications of increased pesticide use in farming practices in the Brazilian Cerrado. Because of the increased use of harmful pesticides in farming along with reduced government regulation and oversight, local communities across Brazil have struggled with the associated health risks and resulting environmental damage.
Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF) Indonesia employs a research-to-policy approach to providing sustainable development goals for marine management all across Indonesia. As a part of this approach, CSF Indonesia collaborated with the Agency of Research and Human Resources (BRSDM) within the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) to hold a National Seminar on Research and Policy in Fisheries Socio-Economics.
In partnership with the Costa Rican Fisheries Federation (La Federación Costarricense de Pesca) (FECOP), Conservation Strategy Fund is proud to share our latest video on sport fishery economics. Our latest video demonstrates the surprising impact that sport and charter fishing have on the economy, the dynamic interplay between sport and commercial fishing, and the importance of effective fisheries management.
This August, CSF Indonesia held its first virtual course in collaboration with the Sintang District Government in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, as a part of the ongoing Green Sintang Action Plan. In response to COVID-19, CSF Indonesia transitioned the in-person training into a virtual format, which allowed the team to better reach local stakeholders and community leaders throughout the Sintang District.
In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Conservation Strategy Fund held its first-ever virtual and online training for our flagship international course: Economics and Finance for Environmental Leadership. With 57 participants from 29 different countries, the CSF training team worked tirelessly to transition our in-person course into a virtual learning format and provide an exceptional educational experience for participants from all over the world.