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São Luiz do Tapajós Dam Construction: Economic Impact and Analysis of Ecosystem Services’ Provision

CSF conducted a study on the economic impact that São Luiz do Tapajós could have had on local populations if its construction in the Brazilian Amazon had been approved.

We analyzed the loss of subsistence income and the impact on two ecosystem services: water quality reduction and the increase of CO2 equivalent emissions.

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Plans for Amazon Dam Cancelled

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Tapajós river basin, Pará State, Brazil © Camila Jericó-Daminello

On August 4, Brazil's federal environmental agency, IBAMA, formally suspended the environmental licensing process for a proposed dam on the Tapajós River, a "blue water" tributary of the Amazon. The river flows from the south, off Brazil's central plateau, its clear waters sculpting white sand beaches and it winds toward the main stem of the Amazon.

Field testing Peru's new policy on environmental compensation

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Macaws in the Madre de Dios region. Photo credit: Anonymous.

Donor Spotlight: Jon Mellberg

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For this month's Donor Spotlight series, I sat down with Jon Mellberg, a Bay Area-based contributor who has supported CSF's videos on economic valuation, part of our popular animated video series. He recently spent some time with me to discuss his background, why he supports CSF and even the best way to calculate the economic value of an elephant!

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Economic impacts of the construction of São Luiz do Tapajós hydroelectric dam

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The region of the Tapajós basin is considered the new frontier of energy expansion in Brazil. Specifically the São Luiz do Tapajós hydroelectric project, the largest planned for the basin. If it is built, many ecosystem services will be impacted, influencing the well being of hundreds of local people who depend on them. In this perspective, CSF conducted a study that sought to understand the economic impacts on the services provided to local populations.

Smart infrastructure: A case for numbers

A newly released CSF infographic takes a look at the backbones of economic development: energy and transportation infrastructure, and how such large-scale development projects can be balanced with ecosystem conservation to improve social, economic and environmental well-being.

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Alumni Spotlight: Rushikesh Chavan

conservation economics CSF strategy fundRushikesh Chavan at Pench River between Maharashtra and M.P. Photo courtesy of Ishwar Uikey

CSF receives 4-star top rating from Charity Navigator as one of USA's best-run organizations

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CSF's sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4 out of 4 star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.