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.
Protected areas as long-term ecological compensation sites within Peru's evolving policy
In December 2014 Peru's Ministry of the Environment made a major policy announcement in a ministerial resolution that established guidelines for developers to offset the impacts of their projects. The policy was several years in the making and the product of exhaustive analysis on the part of ministry staff and important policy support from CSF and several other organizations, including the Peruvian Society for Environmental Law, The Nature Conservancy and the Wildlife Conservation Society.
Now CSF and our partners are collaborating with the ministry in the implementation of case studies to test the guidelines. Four infrastructure projects have been selected for the cases, ranging from waterways and hydroelectric projects in Loreto, and a road and an oil concession in Madre de Dios. The cases entail analyses of the baseline information, estimation of the biodiversity losses resulting from project impacts, identification of residual losses after mitigation actions, identification of compensation sites that ensure no biodiversity loss, GIS modeling of opportunity costs for the implementation of the compensation sites (focus on adjacent protected areas), estimation of the costs of implementing the environmental compensation in the selected locations, and design of the financial mechanisms to ensure that resources are available for implementing the compensation actions while the impacts last.
Our project will address the opportunity and challenges of using public protected areas as the places where compensatory actions, such as habitat protection and restoration, are done. The cases will provide guidance on: methodologies for the identification of equivalent areas for environmental compensation focusing on protected areas; recommendations for the integration in EIAs of the necessary information to sustain no net biodiversity loss in environmental compensation plans; tools to estimate the management costs of compensation plans cost-effectively and maximizing conservation outcomes; and recommendations for financial mechanisms that ensure resource availability over the projects’ life.
With this input MINAM will be able to design standards for infrastructure projects in a way that maximizes conservation and cost-effectiveness.
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