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Economic Tools for Conservation - 2016 International Course

An incredible group of 20 participants from 15 countries joined us at UC Berkely for our 18th annual International Economic Tools for Conservation course in the summer of 2016. Representatives from The Nature Conservancy, WWF, GEF World Bank, UNEP, and government, academic, and regional organizations all came together to learn how economics can help them achieve their conservation goals. 

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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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.

Land, tourism and taxes: An evaluation of tourism income in Sonoma County

With support from the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, Conservation Strategy Fund is evaluating the benefits of tourism in Sonoma County, California; specifically tourist behavior and tourism-related income in the context of scenic beauty and open space. With 7.5 million tourists per year, Sonoma County's economy thrives due in part to the contribution of tourists who visit for many reasons, including the area's rolling hills and panoramic vistas. 

Economic Valuation of Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space

In collaboration with Sonoma State University and with support from the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, Conservation Strategy Fund is conducting an economic valuation of multiple ecosystem services provided by large urban open space, focusing on Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space area in Southeastern Santa Rosa, located in Sonoma County, California.

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Economic value and impact of recreational abalone fishing

Abalone is one of the iconic species of the California coast and supports a recreational fishery enjoyed by over 30,000 anglers annually. Because of the abalone’s reproductive processes and lengthy juvenile period, overexploitation and other detrimental factors can have a long-lasting and potentially catastrophic impact on the population. The numbers of abalone on the coast of California have been declining in recent decades and, as a result, only red abalone may be fished recreationally and only north of the San Francisco Bay. In 2011 the red abalone of Sonoma and Marin Counties suffered from a red tide, an algal bloom that decimated the population.

USAID In-house training 2015

On June 16th, twenty-two members of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) staff gathered in Washington, D.C. for a three-day training entitled Economic Tools for Integrating Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services into Development Investments. This course came about as part of our multi-year Biodiversity Understanding in Infrastructure and Landscape Development (BUILD) program, which is part of an agreement with USAID, funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Now Accepting Applications for 2015 International Economic Tools for Conservation Course

Conservation Strategy Fund is accepting applications for our International Economic Tools for Conservation Course! Now in it's 17th year, our flagship course will be offered August 10-21, 2015 at Stanford University.

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Graduates of CSF's 2015 economic tools for conservation course

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"I not only learned about economic concepts that will help me in my career, facing environmental issues, but also this course gave me the opportunity to meet wonderful people from around the world. These people have inspired me to believe and to have hope for the challenges we are facing. I feel very happy and lucky to have been a part of the course and part of this wonderful group." – Isabel Felandro Llanos, Ministry of the Environment, Peru

Bringing CSF’s Conservation Economic Tools Training to Development Banks

Last month, we had the opportunity to bring CSF’s economic analysis training to a new audience – the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington D.C.  The IDB approves over $11 billion dollars in loans each year, and is a major force in shaping the face of development in Latin America.  We delivered two training workshops for transport and water sector specialists from various country offices, and a shorter session for IDB Economists based in D.C.

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