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Analysis

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.

smart energy + transportation infrastructure

Infrastructure investments in remote areas can transform landscapes and watersheds, unleashing irreversible, destructive change. Projects' impacts vary considerably and their approval is dependent on small groups of public decision-makers. Investments, especially remote roads, are often economically inefficient and usually have unnecessarily large environmental and social impacts. These characteristics - variable quality, concentrated decision-making, economic flaws and design shortcomings - add up to a big conservation opportunity, one in which good economic analyses can be influential. CSF's Smart Energy + Transportation Infrastructure program provides training to conservationists and decision-makers, as well as comprehensive cost-benefit analyses of infrastructure projects, such as dams and roads. Keen understanding of these projects at multiple levels of society will result in better decisions and large-scale conservation gains.

Subsidizing Socio-environmental Compensation Processes in the Brazilian Amazon: Impact Analysis of the Teles-Pires dam

CSF is conducting an economic analysis of the impacts of the Teles-Pires dam construction in the Brazilian Amazon, to help: (1) define socio-environmental compensation values more aligned with the well-being loss perception of the affected local community via an effective economic valuation method; (2) raise local awareness of dam impacts; and (3) defend the rights of people affected by the construction.

Increasing the Sustainability of Mangrove Management

CSF is collaborating with NatureServe and Pronatura Veracruz on a project for the Inter-American Development Bank to create a replicable model for mangrove ecosystem management. This model will be built on engagement of local communities using ecological condition assessment, economic valuation, and development of alternative livelihoods. The project is focused on the Alvarado Lagoon System in Veracruz, Mexico, a RAMSAR-recognized wetland of global importance. CSF’s primary role in this project is leading the economics, with a focus on helping communities perceive and develop solutions to the market challenges they face in transitioning to sustainability.

Multiplier Effects of Tourism Spending in Peru’s National Parks

Photo: Liz Bailón, Paracas National Reserve

With support from the Andes Amazon Fund, CSF is conducting an analysis on multiplier effects of tourism spending in Peru’s national parks. Peru has created eleven national parks and numerous other protected areas in its Andes Amazon region covering approximately 18 million hectares. While efforts are currently under way to address existing funding gaps, the long term financial sustainability of Peru’s protected areas requires a substantial, long-term increase in allocation of public funds. Furthermore, Peru’s biological importance justifies expansion of the existing protected area system in the Andes Amazon, further increasing funding required.

Promoting Forest Conservation in Brazil: Identifying Challenges and Opportunities of the Design and Implementation of the Environmental Reserves Quotas (CRAs) Market's State Regulations

CSF is currently conducting a study to subsidize the design and implementation processes of the Environmental Reserves Quotas (Portuguese acronym, CRAs) market regulations by the Brazilian States to help conserve the forest in a more economically efficient and environmentally sound way.

Strengthening Community Based Conservation in Bolivia

Photo: Manuripi Province, Pando. Credit: Alejandro Burr

With support from the Good Energies Foundation, CSF is working to identify and implement a sustainable financing mechanism for environmental projects in Bolivia and for the community-based forest conservation program known as COMSERBO program (Programa de Incentivos por COnservación, Manejo Integral y SERvicios de BOsques, or Incentive Program for Forest Conservation, Integrated Management, and Services).

Scenario Planning in North Aceh

CSF Indonesia led a multi-stakeholder sustainable development planning process for the North Aceh Regency. This planning process included two workshops. The first was a Scenario Planning Workshop, which generated an optimum scenario for North Aceh in the year 2032. The second was the Development Planning Workshop, which translated and embedded the scenario, vision, and mission into actual development programs. Participant represented CSOs and government agencies, as well as local stakeholders.

Results of this process are expected to be adopted to become the technocratic draft of the medium-term development plan by the regency government.

Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Proposed Castanheira Dam in Mato Grosso, Brazil

The study on the Brazilian Castanheira dam will focus on evaluating the economic and financial feasibility of this project, and will calculate some of the socio-environmental impacts resulting from the construction of the proposed power plant in the Arinos River, in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil.

Local economic costs of the proposed Isiolo dam: A scoping study

CSF conducted a desk-based study of potential local costs associated with the construction of the proposed Isiolo Dam in the Ewaso Ng’iro River in Kenya.

The dam has been identified by Kenya’s National Water Conservation and Pipeline Corporation as necessary to improve local livelihood by providing water for domestic and livestock use, small irrigation activities, and in the future, for tourists in the proposed Isiolo Resort City.

However, there has also been opposition to the proposed construction, based on concerns that the dam could expose herders downstream to drought, negatively affect endangered wildlife, and put the local wildlife-tourism based economy at risk.

Economic Analysis for the Indonesian Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

As part of a generous grant from the Walton Family Foundation, and in cooperation with IPB (Bogor Agriculture University) Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Sciences, CSF is developing an economic analysis and a set of recommendations to the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) and the Government of Indonesia (GOI) for implementing the Presidential Instruction on the Acceleration of Development of the National Fishery Industry.

Fishery Opportunity Analyses in Latin America

As part of a generous grant from the Walton Family Foundation, CSF is conducting fishery opportunity analyses in three Latin American countries with important fishery sectors: Peru, Chile and Mexico. These analyses are designed to help CSF identify the best ways and geographies in which to grow our integrated marine and fisheries strategy, which helps to improve conservation decisions by incorporating sound economics into marine and fisheries management. Until now, CSF’s Oceans and Fish program has been focused on the Indo-Pacific region, but with this timely support, we are beginning to lay the groundwork to expand our marine program in Latin America, where CSF has a long-standing terrestrial presence.