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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.

Quantifying the economic value of protected areas in Mexico

CSF has begun work with Mexico’s National Commission for Protected Areas (CONANP) and the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) to assess the economic value of the ecosystem services provided by the country's Cabo Pulmo National Park, Iztaccíhuatl-Popocatépetl National Park (Izta-Popo for short), Cozumel Reefs National Park, and Cozumel Island Flora and Fauna Protected Area.

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) has been analyzing the risks and benefits of the Environmental Reserve Quota (ERQ) 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.

Artisanal fisherman in Brazil

Mapping the Value Chain of Artisanal Fisheries of the Brazilian Amazon Coast

In the Amazon, artisanal fishing is an activity of paramount importance to the livelihood, culture and income of indigenous peoples and traditional communities. At present, there are several bottlenecks in the production, processing and commercialization of products that hinder the structure and development of artisanal fisheries value chains.

In July 2015, CSF begun mapping value chains of fisheries held by traditional communities in the Brazilian Amazon: production chains of shrimp fisheries in the Brazilian states of Amapá, Pará and Maranhão and production chains of crab fisheries in the state of Pará.

Land, tourism and taxes: An evaluation of tourism income in Sonoma County

With support from the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, Conservation Strategy Fund is evaluating the benefits of tourism in Sonoma County, California; specifically tourist behavior and tourism-related income in the context of scenic beauty and open space. With 7.5 million tourists per year, Sonoma County's economy thrives due in part to the contribution of tourists who visit for many reasons, including the area's rolling hills and panoramic vistas. 

Economic Valuation of Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space

In collaboration with Sonoma State University and with support from the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, Conservation Strategy Fund is conducting an economic valuation of multiple ecosystem services provided by large urban open space, focusing on Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space area in Southeastern Santa Rosa, located in Sonoma County, California.

CSF Conservation Strategy Fund California Sonoma Coast abalone fishing

Economic value and impact of recreational abalone fishing

Abalone is one of the iconic species of the California coast and supports a recreational fishery enjoyed by over 30,000 anglers annually. Because of the abalone’s reproductive processes and lengthy juvenile period, overexploitation and other detrimental factors can have a long-lasting and potentially catastrophic impact on the population. The numbers of abalone on the coast of California have been declining in recent decades and, as a result, only red abalone may be fished recreationally and only north of the San Francisco Bay. In 2011 the red abalone of Sonoma and Marin Counties suffered from a red tide, an algal bloom that decimated the population.

COMSERBO Pando Bolivia CSF

Interés y preferencias de los usuarios del bosque para participar en el Programa COMSERBO-Pando

El Programa Conservación y Manejo Sostenible Estratégico del Recurso Bosque en Pando (COMSERBO-Pando) surge como un mecanismo de incentivos orientado a disminuir las amenazas de deforestación en la región amazónica de Bolivia, además de contribuir al manejo sustentable del bosque y mejorar las condiciones de vida de las familias. Este Programa promueve el manejo integral del bosque a través de la generación de acuerdos voluntarios entre usuarios del bosque y el Estado Boliviano. Es una iniciativa del gobierno departamental de Pando y está enmarcada en la política boliviana sobre bosques y cambio climático. Se trata de un mecanismo de asistencia técnica y financiera que incentive a los usuarios del bosque a hacer un manejo integral y sustentable de ese recurso.

Corredeiras de Sao Luis do Tapajos no Brasil

São Luiz do Tapajós Dam: economic impacts and ecosystem services losses for local and regional populations

Ecosystems provide a variety of ecosystem services (ES) to society. Ecosystem services are benefit people obtain from ecosystem, as food or fresh water for example. Despite the importance of ES, they are still largely invisible in decision making, as in the case of the Tapajós River basin in Brazil.

tanzania park elephant economics conservation

Demand for visits to Tanzania's national parks

Tanzania’s system of 16 national parks includes some of the most famous natural places on earth such as Serengeti and Kilamanjaro, as well as many lesser-known areas that are equally spectacular. The park system is managed by Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA), which funds activities solely through revenue generated from tourism; it does not receive any government funds. With tourism currently Tanzania’s second largest contributor to gross domestic product (GDP), effective management of the parks system is vital for both wildlife and the country’s economy.

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