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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.

Feasibility Analysis for Conservation Agreements in Pilón Lajas Biosphere Reserve and Communal Lands Watersheds

CSF is evaluating the feasibility of conservation agreements to guarantee the protection of the Pilón Lajas Biosphere Reserve and Communal Lands watersheds in Bolivia. Through consultation workshops with various stakeholders, we will consider different financial mechanisms and make recommendations on the best model to be implemented in Pilón Lajas. If we find that conservation agreements are feasible in this area, we will seek to work on the final design and implementation.

Background

Comparative Analysis of Conservation Agreement Programs in the Amazon

CSF is working on a research and capacity building project for the World Bank to increase effectiveness of government-run conservation agreement and payment for ecosystem services (PES) programs in the Amazon Sustainable Landscapes (ASL) Program region.

Despite the potential for conservation agreements and PES mechanisms to make conservation attractive to landowners, program characteristics that efficiently deliver avoided deforestation and related goals are still not consistently included in program design.

Incorporating Ecosystem Services into Urban Planning in Mexico

CSF is working with decision makers in three cities in Mexico - Mérida, León and Morelia - providing technical and political guidance on how to integrate ecosystem service values into urban planning. Following consultation workshops with various stakeholders in each city, we will implement ecosystem service valuations in protected areas surrounding these cities. The results of these studies will inform public policy and urban planning within the municipalities.

This project is part of the Climate Protection Program in the Mexican Urban Policy "CiClim", financed by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) and implemented by GIZ.

Forest restoration business analysis in Amazonas state, Brazil

CSF-Brazil, in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF-Brazil), conducted a feasibility study of economically promising forest restoration business models for private investment in southern Amazonas (AM) state, Brazil.

The New York Declaration on Forests, launched at the UN Climate Summit 2014, established a goal of restoring 350 million hectares of forest worldwide by 2030, to support climate change mitigation. However, mobilizing funding from the private sector to address the finance gap to achieve Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) at scale has proven an enormous challenge.

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 and pressure to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, a number of regencies and provinces in Indonesia have taken steps to embrace sustainable and low-carbon development plans. CSF is supporting the government and stakeholders in Sintang Regency to collectively design and implement a Green Regency plan that includes sustainable land use practices and better governance. We are contributing expertise in economics, sustainable development, and strategic planning, and working closely with the local government, who are overseeing the process with the support from local government and civil society organizations (CSOs) .

Promoting the Brazilian native vegetation conservation: Recommendations for Environmental Reserve Quotas (CRAs) Implementation

CSF-Brazil conducted a study on Environmental Reserve Quotas (Portuguese acronym CRAs) implementation in Maranhão state (MA) and opportunities in the states of Bahia (BA) and Tocantins (TO). The study aimed to support MA in the CRAs market implementation and to promote dialogue and sharing of experiences among MA, BA and TO. The ultimate goal of the study is to promote ecosystems and forest conservation in a more economically efficient and environmentally sound way in the Amazon, Cerrado and Caatinga Brazilian biomes.

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

CSF-Brazil completed a study of the local tourism demand in Mato Grosso (MT) state to support the development of sustainable tourism in Indigenous Lands (ILs) of the Juruena river basin.

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

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

CSF-Brazil - in partnership with the Brazilian Agricultural Research Agency of Amapá (EMBRAPA-AP), the Brazilian Environment Ministry (MMA) and the German Cooperation Agency in Brazil (GIZ) - has completed a study addressing the relationship between Ecosystem Services (ESs) and the development of extractive products value chains focused on the Environmental Protection Area of the Fazendinha (Fazendinha APA) located in southern Macapá municipality, Amapá state (AM), Brazil. We identified valuable information to support the APA's future Management Plan. Overall, the study aims to promote sustainable livelihoods in the Brazilian Amazon.

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

In September 2018, CSF completed a program 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 were to:

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.