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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.

Developing a Green Regency in the Heart of Borneo: Sustainable Landscape Planning in Sintang Regency, West Kalimantan

With the rise of jurisdictional approaches to sustainable commodity sourcing, along with pressure from national climate change mitigation action plans and policies to achieve the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), a number of regencies and provinces in Indonesia have taken steps towards embracing sustainable and low-carbon development plans. The main objective of this project is for the government and stakeholders in Sintang Regency to collectively design and make significant progress towards implementing a Green Regency plan that includes sustainable land use practices and better governance.

Study of the Local Tourism Demand to Support the Development of Sustainable Tourism in Indigenous Lands in Mato Grosso

CSF-Brazil is conducting a study of the local tourism demand in Mato Grosso state to support the development of sustainable tourism in local Indigenous Lands (ILs).

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.

Customized Training and Mentored Policy Research on Integrated Landscape Policy & Economics

With support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, CSF is working on a project to promote integrated landscape approaches for sustainable forests and land use policy and management at the sub-national level in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia.

The specific objectives of the program areas follows:

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.

Increasing the Sustainability of Mangrove Management

CSF is collaborating with NatureServe and Pronatura Veracruz on a project for the Inter-American Development Bank to create a replicable model for mangrove ecosystem management. This model will be built on engagement of local communities using ecological condition assessment, economic valuation, and development of alternative livelihoods. The project is focused on the Alvarado Lagoon System in Veracruz, Mexico, a RAMSAR-recognized wetland of global importance. CSF’s primary role in this project is leading the economics, with a focus on helping communities perceive and develop solutions to the market challenges they face in transitioning to sustainability.

Capacity Building and Technical Support for Parques Nacionales Naturales de Colombia

Colombia is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. The country's fifty-nine protected areas are managed by Parques Nacionales de Colombia (PNNC) who hope to use Payments for Environmental Services (PES) to stimulate conservation and restoration of ecosystems. With support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, CSF provided capacity building and technical support to support PNNC in this endeavor.

Promoting Forest Conservation in Brazil: Identifying Challenges and Opportunities of the Design and Implementation of the Environmental Reserves Quotas (CRA) Market's State Regulations

CSF-Brazil conducted a study to subsidize the design and implementation processes of the Cotas de Reserva Ambiental (CRA, Environmental Reserve Quotas) market regulations by the Brazilian States to help conserve the forest in a more economically efficient and environmentally sound way.

Strengthening the participation of private sector and Bolivian society in conservation

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

The first step of this project was a feasibility assessment of the platform that was conducted in 2017. The study concluded that the implementation of CASA Verde is feasible given private sector interest in the platform. Several NGOs also want to be part of CASA Verde´s portfolio projects, and people have showed a positive willingness to contribute (monetarily) to the platform.

Scenario Planning in North Aceh

CSF Indonesia led a multi-stakeholder sustainable development planning process for the North Aceh Regency. This planning process included two workshops. The first was a Scenario Planning Workshop, which generated an optimum scenario for North Aceh in the year 2032. The second was the Development Planning Workshop, which translated and embedded the scenario, vision, and mission into actual development programs. Participant represented CSOs and government agencies, as well as local stakeholders.

Results of this process are expected to be adopted to become the technocratic draft of the medium-term development plan by the regency government.