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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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Mubariq Ahmad to Lead CSF-Indonesia

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Conseravation Strategy Fund is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Mubariq Ahmad as the first Director of CSF-Indonesia. Mubariq has enjoyed a 30-year career working as economic policy researcher and professional activist in a variety of organizations including The World Bank (2009-2015), WWF (2003-2009), and LEI/Indonesian Ecolabeling Institute (1997-2000). He will take the helm of CSF's program on February 1.

CSF partners with GIZ to deliver ValuES training in Namibia

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In September, CSF led several modules in a four-day workshop in Okahandja, Namibia sponsored by the GIZ ValuES program. ValuES is a global project that helps decision-makers integrate ecosystem services into policy making, planning and implementation of specific projects. A key element of the program is training on the selection and application of methods and tools for the assessment and valuation of ecosystem services. The Namibia course is one of several regional training courses taking place around the world in 2015 and 2016.

Training the California Department of Fish and Wildlife

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Course coordinators Margaret Duncan, Niki Gribi, Craig Martz, and Kim Bonine.

CSF traveled to Sacramento, CA in October to lead a three-day training for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). Participants included 28 members of the CDFW staff, and 6 members of the California Fish and Game Commission (FGC). We were able to reach 16 staff in field offices across California using remote access technology and our online workspace.

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

Quantifying the economic value of protected areas in Mexico

CSF has begun work with Mexico’s National Commission for Protected Areas (CONANP) and the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) to assess the economic value of the ecosystem services provided by the country's Cabo Pulmo National Park, Iztaccíhuatl-Popocatépetl National Park (Izta-Popo for short), Cozumel Reefs National Park, and Cozumel Island Flora and Fauna Protected Area.

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.

Panel Internacional: Investigaciones en la Amazonía Andina Presentación de los resultados del programa de becas

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Este 19 y 20 de agosto once becarios del Programa de Becas para el Desarrollo de Investigaciones Económicas Aplicadas para la Conservación en la Amazonía Andina presentaron, junto con sus tutores, los resultados de sus investigaciones a participantes de entidades de gobierno, ONG y universidades.