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Is the Goat Islands project dead?

In October of last year, CSF published a study in collaboration with Niras Fraenkel Ltd. and the Conservation Agreement Fund and with funding from the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, on the environmental and economic impacts of building a port on Jamaica's Goat Islands. The findings were positive: building an equivalent facility at a place called Macarry Bay, to the west of Goat Islands, would cost an estimated $200 million less to build, and will a far smaller environmental cost.

CSF dives into Indonesia!

Potato Game

The outdoor pavilion in the center of Mimpi Resort Menjangan rang with shouts of “Potatoes! Very Cheap!” “$6 a bag! Who will sell for 6?” “Cheapest in town! Come see my potatoes!” “Who wants to make a deal?” And our course on Economic Tools for Marine Conservation in Indonesia was underway. Twenty-two participants from institutions around the country were engaged in their first economic game, experiencing the principles of microeconomics by participating in a market, and working towards an equilibrium price for a sack of potatoes.

Economic Tools for Marine Conservation - Indonesia 2015

“This course is really helpful for people making decisions or designing projects. By looking at things from an economic perspective, we can take into account the externalities that will likely affect the program.” -Indonesia 2015 Course Graduate

Sea turtle

Online Coastal Conservation Economics Course

In May, 28 people completed our first online course in Coastal Conservation Economics. This course was offered in partnership with Duke University and sponsored by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation as part of our Conservation Economics Initiative.

“I was really impressed overall with the level of instructors on this course and their very thoughtful presentations. I also appreciated the inclusion of real-life examples throughout the presentations of how the principles are applied to policy or management decisions. Thank you to everyone involved for all your hard work putting this course together!” -2015 online course graduate

CSF and Duke presents webinar on Economic Instruments for Coral Reefs

duke webinar economic instruments for coral reefs

Conservation Strategy Fund is pleased to announce the next webinar in our Conservation Economics Initiative series. Presented in partnership with the Marine Ecosystem Services Partnership (MESP) at Duke University, "An Economic Instrument for Coral Reefs" is coming up on Wednesday, October 22nd at 11:00am EDT (10:00am CDT, 8:00am PDT, 5:00pm CET).

CSF and GIZ supporting mangrove conservation through better economics in Ecuador

equadorian mangrovesMangroves on the Equador coastline. © Ammit Jack

Since 2008, Ecuador’s Socio Bosque Program has been protecting the country’s environment through incentive payments to individual and community land owners. Socio Bosque has to date protected nearly 1.3 million hectares of important habitat. In 2013, the government decided to expand the program to mangroves, one of the most productive and threatened ecosystems in the world.

Value-chain analysis of sea cucumber fisheries

CSF is partnering with the government of Ngardmau State, Palau, to conduct a value-chain analysis of their sea cucumber fishery. For the community of Ngardmau, sea cucumbers represent an important species culturally and, if managed properly, have the potential to significantly improve economic conditions in the area. The second highest-valued export commodity within the Pacific, sea cucumbers are among the few resources that can deliver profits at the village level.

CSF awarded $100,000 grant from Margaret A. Cargill Foundation

In November, the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation's Environment Program awarded CSF $100,000 as part of our expanding marine initiative. This award will fund a decision-makers workshop and a mentored groundwork field analysis.

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