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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.

CSF Tajapós Dam impactsTraditional houses in the Tapajós riverside.

Addressing the global conservation community in Hawai’i

Photos for IUCN Hawaii Blog

Last month, Scott Edwards and I attended the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) World Conservation Congress “Planet at the crossroads” in Honolulu, Hawai’i. The IUCN Congress is held once every four years, and affords an incredible opportunity for learning, networking and exchange. The scale of the 2016 Congress was staggering – almost 10,000 people attended the 10 day event.

CSF Participates in Infrastructure Working Group Meeting in Brasília


Photos for Brazil Infrastructure Working Group Blog

Infrastructure WG’s participants during the meeting held in September 2016 .

Value chain mapping results presented in Northern Brazil

On September 30th and 31st, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and CSF presented the first results of the “Sustainable Fisheries in the Amazon Coast Project" to our partners in São Luís, Brazil. Sixty representatives from government, universities, the private sector, civil society, associations, cooperatives, fishermen groups, trade unions, and the implementing partners attended the meeting.

CSF Encontro Parceiros São Luís Cadeias de ValorFernanda Alvarenga introducing CSF´s work.

Economic Tools for Protected Area Tourism in Brazil

In early August, CSF and the Chico Mendes Institute for Conservation of Biodiversity (ICMBio), in partnership with the United States Forest Service (USFS), held a four day training on Economic and Financial Feasibility of Supporting Services for Visitation of Conservation Units (Unidades de Conservação - UCs) at the Biodiversity National Academy (ACADEBio), in Iperó, Brazil.

CSF curso ACADEBioCourse participants and instructors.

Alumni Spotlight: Karimon Nesha

conservation economics CSF strategy fundKarimon Nesha at the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco.

International course participants say, "the experience from this course is immeasurable..."

International Economic Tools for Conservation UC Berkeley

Participants formed strong connections over the two-week course. Photo credit: Niki Gribi

Peace is about much more than doves

Audubon Colombia Peace Birds Tourism

Lazuline Sabrewing, photo credit: Alvaro Jaramillo

Colombia has the greatest bird diversity in the world. Approximately 1,900 bird species have been registered, equivalent to 20% of all species globally. This wealth in species highlights a tremendous potential for birding tourism. Current efforts by the Colombian government to increase security and end decades of armed conflict, as well as to promote ecotourism, can help position the country as one of the most important birding destinations in the world.

Andean Amazon Fellows Program: 10 Years – 10 Success Stories


10 Year Andes Fellows Photos

CSF Fellows Fellows Ecuador 2014: Enrique de la Montaña, Viviana Zamora, Paula Zuluaga, and David Campoverde.

For ten years, CSF's Fellowship Program has been developing the talents of emerging economic researchers in the Andes-Amazon region.