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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 11 weeks 5 days

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

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.

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 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 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