Biodiversity Understanding in Infrastructure and Landscape Development (BUILD)

Through an agreement with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF) has launched a comprehensive initiative in central Africa, expand CSF’s programs in the Andes-Amazon region, and initiate a limited program in Asia’s Himalayan region. The goal of the program is to promote biodiversity conservation through infrastructure best practices.

Costos y beneficios del proyecto hidroeléctrico del río Inambari

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MINAM aims to balance environmental protection with infrastructure development

Photo of Nevado Humantay peak in the Andean mountains

The Peruvian Ministry of the Environment (known by its Spanish acronym, MINAM) is working on a potentially groundbreaking policy to balance environmental protection and the development of big infrastructure projects. Specifically, the agency is formulating an approach to compensating for the impacts construction projects cause to natural ecosystems. Some degree of ecosystem impact is inevitable when new roads and dams are constructed; these damages have typically been overlooked in most countries. The Peruvian government is consulting with a range of stakeholders and experts, including CSF, to devise a policy that will give developers more clarity on their obligations, while creating real benefits for nature protection in the country.

Herramientas Económicas para la Conservación en la Amazonía Andina - Perú 2012

Herramientas Económicas para la Conservación en la Amazonía Andina, con énfasis en Evaluación y Análisis Integral de Proyectos de Infraestructura fue ofrecido por Conservación Estratégica - CSF y la Unidad de Apoyo de ICAA en el marco de la Iniciativa para la Conservación en la Amazonía Andina – ICAA II, un programa regional de la Agencia de los Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional - USAID. Contó con 25 participantes trabajando por la conservación de la región.


Alum José Serra collaborates with CSF on economic study of proposed Inambari dam

Inambari Dam

On January 17, CSF course graduate José Serra and CSF's Alfonso Malky presented an economic study of the proposed Inambari dam, designed to generate hydropower primarily for Brazilian consumers. The study, sponsored by the Wildlife Conservation Society's Peru office, examines the feasibility of the project, which would harness energy from an Amazon tributary in the country's southeastern jungle. Serra led the investigation, looking into the overall economic return, environmental costs, profits for the dam builder and impacts on various sectors of Peruvian society. Results showed that the project's feasibility depends on charging a relatively high electricity price and delivering benefits, in the form of flow control, to downstream dams in Brazil.

CSF course graduate will guide Peru's parks

Carlos Soria was among the first 22 conservationists to receive his economics education from CSF, back at our first course in 1999. The Peruvian lawyer was named this month as the new General Secretary of Peru's entire collection of national protected areas. Carlos has distinguished himself over the years at the Instituto del Bien Común (IBC), in the national ombudsman's office (Defensoría del Pueblo) and other key positions. As head of SERNANP (the Spanish acronym for the park service) he will oversee 73 nationally protected areas covering around 15% of the country's territory. They span a wide diversity of habitats, from Amazon jungles to high Andes reserves and marine parks.


Herramientas Económicas para la Conservación en los Andes Tropicales

Este curso ofrece principios y técnicas para analizar de manera integral los aspectos económicos y ambientales de conservación en proyectos e iniciativas de desarrollo. El objetivo del curso es enseñar y promover un nivel de análisis objetivo y estratégico que facilite la armonización de la conservación y el manejo de recursos naturales con las actividades económicas. Este curso pone énfasis en temas de economía ambiental, manejo de recursos naturales y en el análisis de alternativas de conservación y desarrollo.

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Cost-Effective conservation in Peru: The value of apples and oranges.

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