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Analysis

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.

Cost-Benefit Analysis for the proposed Nazca Ridge Marine Protected Area, Peru

In partnership with Oceana, CSF conducted a cost-benefit analysis (CBA) for the creation of the proposed Nazca Ridge Marine Protected Area (NRMPA) located off the coast of central Peru. The CBA estimated the benefits from the creation of the proposed MPA and compared these with costs associated with managing and others resulting from the establishment of the MPA. Roughly 100 kilometers offshore, NRMPA has the potential to be an important icon for marine conservation in Peru and globally while also protecting a source of marine wildlife and resources from future overfishing and pollution threats.

What do fishermen truly stand to lose from the creation of large MPAs? Comparing claims with actual economic costs

CSF is investigating the fishing-related opportunity costs of existing large-scale marine protected areas (MPAs) using Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM), Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument (PRI), the Palau National Sanctuary (PNS) and the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) as case studies. Specifically, CSF is working to evaluate the extent to which fishing regulations have been implemented at each MPA.

Conservation Finance Curriculum Development

CSF has received a grant from Blue Solutions to support curriculum development on conservation finance. This will add to the current suite of Blue Solutions trainings that include marine spatial planning, climate change adaptation, and integrating ecosystem services into marine and coastal development.

Economic Analysis for the Indonesian Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

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p>As part of a generous grant from the Walton Family Foundation, and in cooperation with IPB (Bogor Agriculture University) Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Sciences, CSF developed an economic analysis and a set of recommendations to the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) and the Government of Indonesia (GOI) for implementing the Presidential Instruction on the Acceleration of Development of the National Fishery Industry.

Fishery Opportunity Analyses in Latin America

As part of a generous grant from the Walton Family Foundation, CSF conducted fishery opportunity analyses in three Latin American countries with important fishery sectors: Peru, Chile and Mexico. These analyses were designed to help CSF identify the best ways and geographies in which to grow our integrated marine and fisheries strategy, which helps to improve conservation decisions by incorporating sound economics into marine and fisheries management. Until now, CSF’s Oceans and Fish program has been focused on the Indo-Pacific region, but with this timely support, we began to lay the groundwork to expand our marine program in Latin America, where CSF has a long-standing terrestrial presence.

Quantifying the economic value of protected areas in Mexico

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p>CSF worked with Mexico’s National Commission for Protected Areas (CONANP) and the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) to assess the economic value of the ecosystem services provided by the country's Cabo Pulmo National Park, Iztaccíhuatl-Popocatépetl National Park (Izta-Popo for short), Cozumel Reefs National Park, and Cozumel Island Flora and Fauna Protected Area.

Economic instruments for mangroves conservation in Brazilian protected areas

Roughly 90% of mangrove ecosystems in Brazil are located in Protected Areas (PA). However, there are important deficiencies in terms of financial sustainability and resource management in these areas that affect natural capital stocks, biodiversity and local communities that depend on natural resources.

In this context, CSF-Brazil conducted a project in 2016 on the management of mangrove ecosystem services and launched the publication "The values of ecosystem services of the Brazilian mangroves, economic instruments for its conservation and the Salgado Paraense case study".

This study aimed to:

Artisanal fisherman in Brazil

Mapping the Value Chain of Artisanal Fisheries of the Brazilian Amazon Coast

In the Amazon, artisanal fishing is of paramount importance to the livelihood and income of traditional communities. As it plays a central role in the culture of the region, it is especially important to maintain its contributions for the conservation of coastal and marine ecosystems. At present, there are several bottlenecks in the production, processing and commercialization of products that affect the structure of and hinder the development of artisanal fisheries value chains.

In 2017, CSF-Brazil completed the mapping of the value chains of fisheries held by traditional communities in the Brazilian Amazon including shrimp fisheries in the Brazilian states of Amapá, Pará and Maranhão and crab fisheries in the state of Pará.

CSF Conservation Strategy Fund California Sonoma Coast abalone fishing

Economic value and impact of recreational abalone fishing

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p style="text-align: justify;">Abalone is one of the iconic species of the California coast and supports a recreational fishery enjoyed by over 30,000 anglers annually. Because of the abalone’s reproductive processes and lengthy juvenile period, overexploitation and other detrimental factors can have a long-lasting and potentially catastrophic impact on the population. The numbers of abalone on the coast of California have been declining in recent decades and, as a result, only red abalone may be fished recreationally and only north of the San Francisco Bay. In 2011 the red abalone of Sonoma and Marin Counties suffered from a red tide, an algal bloom that decimated the population.

ValuES: Methods for integrating ecosystem services into policy, planning, and practice

CSF collaborated with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and Helmholtz-Zentrum Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) GmbH in a global project that aimed to aid decision-makers in partner countries in recognizing and integrating ecosystem services into policy making, planning and implementation of specific projects. ValuES focuses on developing instruments and training courses, providing technical advice and facilitating planning and decision-making processes. In addition, knowledge-sharing via regional workshops and participation in global discussion forums are conducted.

Why ecosystem services?