Conservation Strategy Fund helps local conservationists use economic tools to find smart, efficient solutions to the most urgent environmental problems. Since its creation in 1998, CSF has conducted dozens of analysis projects in forests, rivers and coastal environments. Most of our work has focused in the tropics, where extraordinarily high levels of biological diversity are found. To maximize the reach and quality of our work, we involve leading experts and conservation organizations in all of our projects.

Economic Incentives in the North of the Amazon

Several countries have implemented initiatives of payments for environmental services as policies to combat increasing deforestation and poverty reduction. Among these countries is Bolivia with the regional Program COMSERBO-Pando and conservation agreements with different communities.

However, in recent years the effectiveness of these programs has been questioned, in their abilitiy to achieve conservation goals and improve the living conditions of the beneficiary families. Despite questions and constraints, these programs are still considered as a valid public policy alternative to reduce deforestation, since some recent studies have empirically shown that such programs can achieve a favorable impact on reducing deforestation.

In collaboration with Conservation International, CSF is conducting a study to compile the main lessons learned in relation to the efficiency of these programs for conservation. Additionally, this information can be used to guide the design of future programs of financial and technical assistance in the northern Amazon region of Bolivia, aimed at reducing deforestation and encouraging integrated and sustainable forest management. The analysis will include reviewing cases of PES programs applied in different regions, and the preferences and expectations of local communities regarding economic incentives programs.