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.

International Economic Tools for Conservation Course - 2018

Our 20th annual international Economic Tools for Conservation course was held from July 2-13, 2018 at the University of California Berkeley. We were proud to host 25 conservation professionals from 20 different institutions in 23 countries.

“I feel like I learned more practical knowledge and skills from this two week course than I did over the course of 4 micro and resource economics classes at the university level." -Alice Thomas-Smyth, Environmental Defense Fund, USA




Conservationists from around the world gather at UC Berkeley

2017 International Course Photos
Participants Ximena Villagrán from Guatemala and Rianti Pangastuti from Indonesia enjoying the sunshine during a class break

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.

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International Economic Tools for Conservation Course - 2017

Our 19th annual International Economic Tools for Conservation course held at the University of California Berkeley where we hosted 33 conservation professionals working in 20 different countries for organizations including Conservation International, USAID, World Wildlife Fund, The Nature Conservancy, UN Environment, the US National Park Service and the Waitt Foundation.


Integrated Environmental-Economic Project Appraisal in the Water and Sanitation Sector

A three day training for water and sanitation sector specialists with IDB. For more information about CSF's work with IDB, please read our blog post about the training series.

Day 1

  • Key economic concepts
  • Ecosystem services and environmental valuation in the water sector
  • Case studies of environmental valuation in the water sector: when should values be quantified, which impacts can be measured
  • Optional participant project workshop: identifying and measuring values in IDB projects

Day 2

Economic Tools for Integrating Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services into Transport Sector Investments

A three day course for transport sector specialists. For more information about CSF's work with IDB, please read our blog post about the training series.  

Day 1

  • Economic foundations and models
  • Markets, competition and externalities
  • Ecosystem services and public goods

Day 2

  • Environmental valuation: overview of methods, examples
  • Direct and indirect impacts of road transport infrastructure
  • Environmental impact evaluation
  • Sustainable transport infrastructure

Day 3

Economic Tools for Integrating Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services into Project Appraisal

A one day training for IDB economists. For more information about CSF's work with IDB, read our blog post about the training series.

Session 1: Integrating environmental-economic analysis into project appraisal - case studies from Latin America

Session 2: Valuation techniques for non-market benefits – revealed and stated preferences

Session 3: Environmental valuation panel - Challenges and practices in Latin America

Session 4: Evaluating impacts of environmental programs and policies

Session 5: Best practices in benefits transfer

Economic Analysis under the State's Regulatory Framework - CA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife

In April 2016, CSF lead a three-day training for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) in Sacramento, CA. Participants included 22 members of the CDFW staff, and 5 members of the California Fish and Game Commission (FGC). We were able to reach 8 staff in field offices across California using remote access technology and our online workspace. The majority of participants also attended our Economic Tools for Natural Resource Management course in October 2015.

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