Economic Tools for Conservation Course for USAID Peru

Economic Tools for Conservation Course for USAID Peru

CSF Analyst José Carlos Rubio helping a participant with the cost-benefit analysis exercise. Photo credit: Niki Gribi

In January, CSF delivered a five-day course for USAID Peru in Lima on economic tools for conservation. The USAID Peru Mission has an environmental focus on sustainable forest landscapes and biodiversity in the Peruvian Amazon Basin, as well as on global climate change adaptation to address issues such as decreasing water runoff from the Andes. Our training was designed to provide senior conservation staff of USAID with an understanding of key economic concepts, economic analysis of environmental policies, methods for valuing biodiversity and other ecosystem services, strategies for designing effective policies and incentive systems, impact evaluation, and tools for financial and economic feasibility assessment.

Instructors included CSF’s Kim Bonine and Aaron Bruner, as well as long-time CSF instructors David Johnson (via video) from the University of Wisconsin and Jorge Nogueira from the University of Brasilia. During the course we discussed a number of relevant examples from the Amazon region as well as other countries around the world, including PES and incentive programs in Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Kenya, valuation of ecosystem services in Peru, Brazil and Tanzania, and comprehensive cost-benefit analysis of infrastructure development in Panama, Brazil, Peru and Uganda.

Participants had this to say about the course:

I would definitely recommend the program to other colleagues and practitioners. After the course, I have a better understanding of economic principles behind valuation, PES, and CBA.”

– Maina Matir-Torres, Climate Change and Biodiversity Specialist

Kim took a very complex and intimidating process and made it accessible for a non-economist. The PES comparisons were also very useful and gave me good ideas on how to better approach and analyze models.”

– Annie Wallace, Regional Deputy Office Chief

We are pleased to have had the opportunity to increase USAID’s capacity to use economics in their work for the environment.

Participants, staff and instructors at the USAID Peru 2018 course. Photo credit: Niki Gribi