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.

Debate sobre a implementação do Código Florestal para conservar as florestas brasileiras

No dia 7 de agosto, a Conservação Estratégica (CSF-Brasil), o Observatório do Código Florestal (OCF) e o Fundo Brasileiro para a Biodiversidade (Funbio) organizaram o "Debate sobre instrumentos econômicos e identidade ecológica para a implementação do Código Florestal". Estiveram presentes neste evento em Brasília 45 profissionais, representando instituições governamentais, de pesquisa e produtores rurais.

Promovendo a conservação da vegetação nativa no Brasil: Recomendações para Implementação de Cotas de Reservas Ambientais (CRAs)

A Conservação Estratégica (CSF-Brasil) conduziu um estudo sobre a implementação de Cotas de Reserva Ambiental (CRAs) no Maranhão (MA) e oportunidades na Bahia (BA) e Tocantins (TO). Este estudo visou subsidiar o Estado do MA na implementação do mercado de CRAs, e promover um diálogo e troca de experiência entre o MA, BA e TO. O propósito a maior do estudo é promover uma maior eficiência na conservação de ecossistemas e florestas em termos econômicos e ambientais nos biomas Amazônia, Cerrado e Caatinga.

Evaluating the economic, social and environmental costs of planned road projects in the Amazon Basin

Photo: Shutterstock/ Dr. Morley Read

With generous support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, CSF is working on a project to identify the relative riskiness of planned road projects in terms of economic, social and environmental costs in the Amazon basin, and to engage decision makers to ensure that this analysis is relevant, understood and to the greatest extent possible considered in decision-making processes.

Plataforma Casa Verde, cimientos para la conservación en Bolivia

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CSF Director Técnico de Latinoamérica, Alfonso Malky, presentando en el evento

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.

Multiplier Effects of Tourism Spending in Peru’s National Parks

Photo: Liz Bailón, Paracas National Reserve

With support from the Andes Amazon Fund, CSF conducted an analysis on multiplier effects of tourism spending in Peru’s national parks. Peru has created eleven national parks and numerous other protected areas in its Andes Amazon region covering approximately 18 million hectares. While efforts are currently under way to address existing funding gaps, the long term financial sustainability of Peru’s protected areas requires a substantial, long-term increase in allocation of public funds. Furthermore, Peru’s biological importance justifies expansion of the existing protected area system in the Andes Amazon, further increasing funding required.

Local economic costs of the proposed Isiolo dam: A scoping study

CSF conducted a desk-based study of potential local costs associated with the construction of the proposed Isiolo Dam in the Ewaso Ng’iro River in Kenya.

The dam has been identified by Kenya’s National Water Conservation and Pipeline Corporation as necessary to improve local livelihood by providing water for domestic and livestock use, small irrigation activities, and in the future, for tourists in the proposed Isiolo Resort City.

However, there has also been opposition to the proposed construction, based on concerns that the dam could expose herders downstream to drought, negatively affect endangered wildlife, and put the local wildlife-tourism based economy at risk.

Local economic costs of the proposed Isiolo dam: A scoping study

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