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Economics for Environmental Leadership

Conservation Strategy Fund gives conservation professionals economic knowledge and skills that are key for success in protecting the environment. Our unique Economics for Environmental Leadership capacity building program focuses on conservation economics, drawing on the fields of environmental economics, natural resource economics, agricultural economics, development economics and behavioral economics to advance conservation goals in practical, strategic ways. This approach is crucial at a time when global-scale environmental changes are being driven by a diversity of economic factors, and when conservation leaders are striving to harness opportunities to reward the preservation of ecosystem services.

Economic Tools & Communication Strategies for Conservation

  • Monday, 14 August, 2017 - Friday, 18 August, 2017
  • Begins in 7 weeks 1 hour

In August, CSF will provide a one-week training course to staff of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in São Paulo, Brazil. Our objective is to equip these conservation professionals with an understanding of basic economic concepts, key tools for financial & economic assessment of projects, and strategies for tailoring communication efforts to different audiences. We will provide tools to help TNC collaborate with stakeholders and influence policy decisions.

Day 1: Economic Fundamentals
Day 2: Economics & The Environment
Day 3: Cost-Benefit Analysis for Market & Non-Market Goods
Day 4: Cost-Benefit Analysis Case Study
Day 5: Strategic Communication Techniques

MAR Leadership Program - Cost Benefit Analysis

The 3rd course with the MAR-L Fellows will take place in Guatemala from May 15-19, 2017. CSF instructors will teach for the first 3 days of the course. The focus of this training will be integrated environmental-economic Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA), including a case study and presentations.

Payments for Environmental Services and their Implementation in Protected Areas

In April 2017, CSF will hold a course aimed at strengthening the capacities of Colombia’s National Parks Service, with regards to Payments for Environmental Services (PES). The course will be held in Bogotá, Colombia from April 18-20. More than 25 Parks Service staff will attend the course in order to better be able to implement new instruments sponsored by their institution.

During the comprehensive 3-day session, participants will learn the conceptual foundation of PES and will be exposed to concrete experiences of these mechanisms at work in Colombia and other parts of the world. The goal of this course is to help the Parks Service to identify when PES should be used in Parks and, when appropriate, to successfully implement them.

MAR Leadership Program - Valuation

Economic Valuation of Ecosystem Services - Namibia 2016

All natural ecosystems yield economically valuable services, e.g. production of food and medicines, regulation of climate, provision of productive soils and clean water, opportunities for recreation, maintenance of cultural heritage, etc. Ecosystem degradation undermines the provision of vital goods and services, with considerable economic and social consequences. Harmful effects tend to be borne disproportionately by the poor, who are less able to access or afford alternatives when ecosystem services are lost. In order to influence policy, and conserve important resources, people must know how to put a value on the services ecosystems provide, and communicate those results effectively.

MAR Leadership Program - Economic Fundamentals

The MAR Leadership program (MAR-L) staff and 2016 fellows cohort gathered in Cancún, Mexico in September to meet each other and learn about the importance of economic fundamentals for natural resource conservation. Instructors came from the Center for the Blue Economy (CBE), Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF) and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). 

2016 Mesoamerican Reef Leadership Fellows Mexico2016 MAR-L fellows.

Economic Tools for Protected Area Tourism in Brazil

The four day training on Economic and Financial Feasibility of Supporting Services for Visitation of Conservation Units (Unidades de Conservação - UCs) was hold at the Biodiversity National Academy (ACADEBio), in Iperó, Brazil.

The course was attended by twenty-two members of the ICMBio from nine different states in Brazil who are responsible for protected areas management, three employees of the ACADEBio and one entrepreneur from the community-based tourism sector in the Amazon state.

The goal of the course was to give participants an understanding of how to use economic tools to make decisions about developing tourism activities and allocating resources in the UCs.

curso Bolivia incentivos económicos

Incentivos Económicos para la Conservación de la Naturaleza

El curso de Incentivos Económicos para la Conservación de la Naturaleza concluyó de manera satisfactoria, gracias al apoyo de la  Fundación John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur.

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.