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Economic Tools for Integrating Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services into Transport Sector Investments

A three day course for transport sector specialists. For more information about CSF's work with IDB, please read our blog post about the training series.  

Day 1

  • Economic foundations and models
  • Markets, competition and externalities
  • Ecosystem services and public goods

Day 2

  • Environmental valuation: overview of methods, examples
  • Direct and indirect impacts of road transport infrastructure
  • Environmental impact evaluation
  • Sustainable transport infrastructure

Day 3

Economic Tools for Integrating Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services into Project Appraisal

A one day training for IDB economists. For more information about CSF's work with IDB, read our blog post about the training series.

Session 1: Integrating environmental-economic analysis into project appraisal - case studies from Latin America

Session 2: Valuation techniques for non-market benefits – revealed and stated preferences

Session 3: Environmental valuation panel - Challenges and practices in Latin America

Session 4: Evaluating impacts of environmental programs and policies

Session 5: Best practices in benefits transfer

Economic Valuation of Ecosystem Services - India 2016

All natural ecosystems yield economically valuable services, e.g. production of food and medicines, regulation of climate, provision of productive soils and clean water, opportunities for recreation, maintenance of cultural heritage, etc. Ecosystem degradation undermines the provision of vital goods and services, with considerable economic and social consequences. Harmful effects tend to be borne disproportionately by the poor, who are less able to access or afford alternatives when ecosystem services are lost. In order to influence policy, and conserve important resources, people must know how to put a value on the services ecosystems provide, and communicate those results effectively.

Economic Valuation of Ecosystem Services - Namibia 2015

All natural ecosystems yield economically valuable services, e.g. production of food and medicines, regulation of climate, provision of productive soils and clean water, opportunities for recreation, maintenance of cultural heritage, etc. Ecosystem degradation undermines the provision of vital goods and services, with considerable economic and social consequences. Harmful effects tend to be borne disproportionately by the poor, who are less able to access or afford alternatives when ecosystem services are lost. In order to influence policy, and conserve important resources, people must know how to put a value on the services ecosystems provide, and communicate those results effectively.

Benefits of Brazilian mangroves

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Brazilian mangroves. Photo credit: Freya Fennwood .

Mangroves are a key ecosystem contributing to biodiversity and flood protection on a local and regional level. Unfortunately most people are unaware of the ecosystem services provided by mangroves. As a result, overfishing and pollution threaten this critical habitat.

Economic instruments for ecosystem services conservation in mangroves located in federal protected areas

In 2015, CSF started a project within the scope of GEF Mangroves Program, in collaboration with FUNBIO (Brazilian Fund for Biodiversity) regarding the management of mangroves ecosystem services.

Around 90% of mangrove ecosystems in Brazil are located in protected areas. However, there are important deficiencies in terms of financial sustainability and resource management in these areas that affect natural capital stocks and biodiversity.

Therefore, we seek to study how different economic instrument designs may influence ecosystem services provision in mangroves. In order to do that we will:

1) Identify and prioritize ecosystem services provided by mangroves;
2) Assess the main ecosystem services values provided by mangroves in Brazil;

Risks and opportunities of environmental reserve quotas: How to ensure protection of priority conservation areas?

Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF) analyzed the risks and benefits of the Environmental Reserve Quota (Portuguese acronym, CRA) markets in the state of Bahia, in the northeastern region of Brazil. The goal of this work is to support the government in the design of state law to ensure that CRA markets protect priority conservation areas.

CSF delivers first training in India, with GIZ

Economic Valuation of Ecosystem Services
Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, India
March 14-17, 2016

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CSF Training Director Kim Bonine with course participants.

Behavioral economics and payments for ecosystem services: finally some free lunches

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