Biodiversity monitoring costs in Brazilian national parks

As one of the 17 megadiverse countries, Brazil contains 20% of the earth’s biodiversity and features the largest number of endemic species in the world. Despite this, the local biodiversity monitoring in Brazil is irregular and occurs in a disorganized manner.

CSF Brazil, in partnership with Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio) and the German Technical Cooperation Agency (GIZ), is conducting a study of the cost of implementation and maintenance of ICMBio’s biodiversity monitoring program, including the indication of financial mechanisms and sources for the continuation of the program in the long run.

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Biocultural Conservation of the Amazon Rainforest: Preventing Deforestation in the Karib and Mondé-Kawahiba Ethnoenvironmental Corridors

The aim of the Biocultural Conservation of the Amazon Rainforest Project is to contribute to the prevention of deforestation and livelihood improvements in populations living in the ethnoenvironmental corridors of Karib and Mondé-kawahiba in the Amazon region of Brazil. These ethnoenvironmental corridors are formed of Conservation Units and Indigenous Lands situated in the states of Amazonas, Rondônia, Mato Grosso, Pará, Amapá and Roraima. Together these corridors contain approximately 46 million hectares of protected areas, representing 20% of the Brazilian Amazon.

Brazil's Fernando de Noronha Park

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From Acadia to Zion, Big Bend to Yosemite, U.S. citizens take them for granted: signs and stairs, benches and bathrooms. Invisible as it may be, infrastructure is key to a park’s value proposition. Visitors willingly pay for a park experience that includes beauty, awe, and a few safeguards and conveniences. And people will defend what they love, which is why we wanted to help them get to know, and love, the Fernando de Noronha National Marine Park.

CSF brings together journalists and conservation experts at forum in Brasilia

On November 12th, in Brasília, Brazil, 30 journalists from the Amazonian regional media as well as from the national and international outlets attended an infrastructure-focused workshop organized by CSF-Brasil. These professionals hailed from various organizations including O Eco, IPAM, IMAZON, WWF, and TNC. John Lyons of the Wall Street Journal, Wilson Cabral of Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica, and Paul E. Little, anthropologist and infrastructure expert, were also in attendance. Speakers shared information about the impacts of infrastructure projects on ecosystem services in the Amazon. The event provided a forum to discuss infrastructure project planning as well as key environmental, social, economic and legal issues that need to be understood by society.

All That Glitters is Grass

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Capim dourado means “golden grass” in Portuguese. Whether rooted in soil or pulled from the ground, capim dourado’s thin stems glow with a golden iridescence, and can be woven into bags, hats, baskets and even jewelry. Hundreds of Brazilian artisans in the northern state of Tocantins depend on it for their livelihood.

Obras de infraestrutura na Amazônia - Desafios da cobertura midiática e ferramentas de apoio à análise e ao diálogo

No dia 12 de novembro de 2013, no Hotel Mercure em Brasília – DF, com o apoio das Fundações Avina, Skoll, Gordon e Betty Moore e da USAID, a CSF Brasil realizou o Curso para Jornalistas. Com o tema Obras de Infraestrutura na Amazônia Brasileira, o curso trouxe à tona os principais desafios da cobertura midiática, capacitando jornalistas e profissionais que atuam na área em ferramentas de apoio à análise e ao diálogo sobre esses relevantes projetos de desenvolvimento. Entre os participantes, estavam 25 profissionais que atuam na mídia internacional, nacional e regional, dos seguintes Estados: Amazonas, Mato Grosso, Rondônia, Acre, Pará, Distrito Federal, São Paulo e Minas Gerais. Esses representaram 22 organizações, sendo 18 da sociedade civil e 4 governamentais.

Why Rebuild BR-319? Economics of an Amazon Road

The route that once connected Manaus and Porto Velho is in a state of serious disrepair and has been impassable since 1986. The reconstruction of this route as part of the federal Accelerated Growth Plan (known by its Portuguese acronym PAC) has projected costs of R$557 million (US$265 million), which is that our analysis focuses on. Our analysis takes two scenarios: a “conventional” one, which reflects the approach commonly used in the evaluation of projects for road infrastructure, and an “integrated” scenario, which aims to incorporate environmental costs in the conventional scenario.

Imazon: Brazilian parks near big infrastructure are more deforested

That doesn't really seem like news. We've known for a long time, intuitively and then empirically, that deforestation happens in places with easier access. Roads in the Amazon and other remote regions have been the most important vectors of deforestation. Farming in places where you can get supplies in and produce out cheaply is economically attractive.

Closing the gap between parks and society through financial modeling

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