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Protected Areas

Protected areas are the cornerstones of conservation; they are the places where the full functioning of ecological processes is allowed to occur, with benefits that spill out into the surrounding seascapes, landscapes and communities. But protected areas are under constant pressure to demonstrate their economic value and have thus suffered reductions in area and levels of protection. Conservation can be accomplished by showing the affordability and substantial benefits of protected areas. CSF’s Protected Areas program provides training for park managers, advocates and inhabitants, as well as economic analyses including revenue strategies, financing plans, economic valuation, and economic impact analyses to support the effective design and use of parks and reserves. CSF envisions a world where policy-makers understand the value of protecting the planet’s most biodiverse marine and terrestrial ecosystems, a world in which protected areas are well-funded, well-managed, used by the public, and expanding.

Agreement between CSF and MINAM will promote environmental compensation in Amazonian ecosystems

MINAM agreementJohn Reid, CSF President, and Mariano Castro, Deputy Minister of Environmental Management. Photo courtesy of MINAM; http://www.minam.gob.pe

Lima, Peru -- This morning, CSF President John Reid signed an agreement with Peru's Ministry of Environment (MINAM) to continue work on environmental compensation in Amazonian ecosystems. At least two case studies will be conducted.

2014 Economic Tools for Conservation course - Brazil

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The 2014 Brazil Economic Tools for Conservation course was held July 28 and August 8, 2014 at the Serra do Cipo, Minas Gerais.

CSF's Economic Tools for Conservation, a well known and renowned course among conservation professionals around the world, provides participants with skills in economic analysis on which to build more efficient and effective strategies for environmental conservation.

ValuES: Methods for integrating ecosystem services into policy, planning, and practice

CSF is collaborating with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and Helmholtz-Zentrum Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) GmbH in a global project that aids decision-makers in partner countries in recognizing and integrating ecosystem services into policy making, planning and implementation of specific projects. ValuES focuses on developing instruments and training courses, providing technical advice and facilitating planning and decision-making processes. In addition, knowledge-sharing via regional workshops and participation in global discussion forums are conducted.

Why ecosystem services?

Curso de Capacitação TEEB/ISE: Integração de serviços ecossistêmicos ao planejamento para o desenvolvimento

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Entre os dias 22 e 25 de julho de 2014 a CSF em conjunto com a GIZ (Agência Alemã de Cooperação Internacional) realizaram em Brasília o Curso de Capacitação TEEB/ISE: Integração de serviços ecossistêmicos ao planejamento para o desenvolvimento. Esta capacitação foi desenvolvida pela GIZ e tem como objetivo desenvolver capacidades sobre a Economia dos Ecossistemas e da Biodiversidade e a integração de serviços ecossistêmicos a processos de planejamento por meio da(o):

• Introdução de conceitos relacionados aos serviços ecossistêmicos e à abordagem da Economia dos Ecossistemas e da Biodiversidade (TEEB);

Dreams Become Reality: Economic Tools in Mexico City

Mexican course graduatesFrom left to right: Laura Rodríguez, Eglé Flores, Eduardo Ponce Guevara, Ángela Mojica
and CSF's Cecilia Ayala. © Eduardo Ponce Guevara

It all began with four course graduates from CSF's International Training Course, held annually at Stanford University: Eduardo Ponce Guevara, Eglé Flores, Ángela Mojica and Laura Rodríguez. These alumni, all from Mexico and the surrounding area, dreamed of bringing the Economic Tools for Conservation Course back home to be conducted in Spanish for their colleagues.

CSF and GIZ supporting mangrove conservation through better economics in Ecuador

equadorian mangrovesMangroves on the Equador coastline. © Ammit Jack

Since 2008, Ecuador’s Socio Bosque Program has been protecting the country’s environment through incentive payments to individual and community land owners. Socio Bosque has to date protected nearly 1.3 million hectares of important habitat. In 2013, the government decided to expand the program to mangroves, one of the most productive and threatened ecosystems in the world.

Series of workshops focus on economics of biodiversity and ecosystem services

asuncion_workshopTransport specialists and workshop participants, Asuncion, Paraguay

Ecosystems in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) sustain hundreds of millions of people, but are threatened by a series of interlocking challenges. Rapid development and population growth have placed increasing pressure on natural resources. Pollution, deforestation, infrastructure, large-scale tourism development, invasive species, and over-fishing all threaten these highly bio-diverse ecosystems, as do the effects of climate change.

Brazilian Toponymy in Antarctica

On January 15th 2014, together with 6 other passengers and 3 crewmembers, I embarked on the polar sailing yacht Kotik to the Antarctic Peninsula.

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It all started in the beginning of 2012, when an old friend of mine, historian and photographer João Paulo Barbosa, invited me to go to Antarctica to try and summit Mount Rio Branco. A 976 meter-high mountain that rises west of Cape Perez at the entrance of Beascochea Bay, it is thought of as one of the most beautiful, fascinating and unexplored regions of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Curso Ferramentas Econômicas para a Conservação

Vinte e três participantes, de 18 organizações, entre elas, IBAMA, ICMBIO, GIZ, participaram do Curso Ferramentas Econômicas para a Conservação, realizado, pela CSF Brasil, de 28 de julho a 08 de agosto de 2014, em Santana do Riacho, na Serra do Cipó, Minas Gerais, Brasil. O Curso contou com o apoio do Ministério do Meio Ambiente, da Agência Alemã de Cooperação para o Desenvolvimento – GIZ e da Confederação Nacional da Indústria por meio do Projeto TEEB Regional-Local.

Foram abordados temas como: Microeconomia, Instrumentos Econômico, Valoração Ambiental, Economia de Recursos Naturais e Análise Custo-Benefício.

Alguns comentários dos participantes:

”O curso vai apoiar na decisão de novos produtos e argumentação em reuniões técnicas/políticas.”

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