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Contributing to the decision-making process about hydropower plants in the Brazilian Amazon region: Study of the financial feasibility and potential impacts of the Castanheira Dam

Conservação Estratégica (CSF-Brazil), in partnership with Instituto Centro de Vida (ICV), International Rivers and Operação Amazônia Nativa (OPAN), is carrying out a detailed study on the construction of the proposed hydropower plant Castanheira in the Arinos river, in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil. This study has three goals: (1) evaluate the financial feasibility of the project; (2) contribute to the analysis of socio-environmental impacts associated with the construction of hydroelectric dams in the Amazon region; and (3) assist the decision makers about this kind of infrastructure work through a cost-benefit analysis of the dam.

INSIGHTS: The New Forest Code and the CRAs Market in Brazil

Aiming to contribute to the debate about the Environmental Reserve Quota (Portuguese acronym, CRA) market in Brazil, CSF developed an INSIGHTS (in Portuguese language) with new discussions about our latest study elaborated in the state of Bahia.

Apoyando PES en los Parques Nacionales de Colombia

CSF Colombia National Parks PES
Reunión en Peñas Blancas, Parque Farallones del Cali. Foto: Carlos Solís

Colombia es actualmente uno de los países con mayor biodiversidad del planeta. Esta riqueza está representada en 59 áreas naturales, las cuales son administradas por el Sistema de Parques Nacionales Naturales de Colombia (SPNNC). ElSPNNC está apostando por la implementación de esquemas de Pagos por Servicios Ambientales (PSA), a fin de estimular la conservación, preservación y restauración de los ecosistemas.

Payments for Environmental Services and their Implementation in Protected Areas

In April 2017, CSF will hold a course aimed at strengthening the capacities of Colombia’s National Parks Service, with regards to Payments for Environmental Services (PES). The course will be held in Bogotá, Colombia from April 18-20. More than 25 Parks Service staff will attend the course in order to better be able to implement new instruments sponsored by their institution.

During the comprehensive 3-day session, participants will learn the conceptual foundation of PES and will be exposed to concrete experiences of these mechanisms at work in Colombia and other parts of the world. The goal of this course is to help the Parks Service to identify when PES should be used in Parks and, when appropriate, to successfully implement them.

Can market instruments contribute to achieve environmental objectives at lower costs? Implementing scenarios for the Environmental Reserve Quota (ERQ) in the state of Bahia

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The 2012 Brazilian environmental legislation requires that each rural property must protect a minimum percentage of native vegetation as a “Legal Reserve” (LR), corresponding to 20% of the property’s total area. However, most properties have not protected the amount required by law. Through an economic instrument - called the Environmental Reserve Quota (ERQ) - landowners with LR deficits will be able to meet their legal obligations. CSF analyzed different ERQ implementation scenarios in the state of Bahia, northeastern Brazil.

Choice Experiment Application and Presentation of Results to support the design of the Federal District Forest Compensation Law - Brazil

CSF participated in a meeting held on October 27th, 2016, at the Federal District Urban Development Agency (Terracap) in Brasília. The meeting’s goal was to contextualize and carry out the facilitation process and data collection with members of the Aliança Cerrado, to be used to support the design of the new Forest Compensation Law of the Federal District.
This meeting was conducted by Pedro Gasparinetti, CSF consultant, and opened by Raul do Valle, from the Environmental Department of the Federal District (SEMA-DF).

Definition of Ecological Equivalence levels for the Federal District Forest Compensation Law - Brazil

Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF-Brazil) worked together with the Environmental Department of the Federal District (SEMA-DF) to support the design of the new Forest Compensation Law of the Federal District, in Brazil. Nowadays, this law aims defines how much should be restored to compensate the vegetation suppression by, for example, real estate and urban infrastructure projects. The current law is criticized for two main reasons: (1) it imposes too high costs for entrepreneurs; and (2) it is environmentally inefficient.

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Ecosystem Service Valuation Training in Namibia

Mesoamerican Reef Leadership Program Conservation Economics MarineZebras at Etosha National Park. Photo credit: Camila Jericó-Daminello

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