CSF Projects

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.

La Iniciativa para la Conservación en la Amazonía Andina (ICAA)

  • 2012 - 2015
  • Underway

¿QUÉ ES ICAA?

La Iniciativa para la Conservación en la Amazonía Andina (ICAA) es un programa regional de largo plazo creado por la Agencia de los Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional (USAID), que integra los esfuerzos de más de 40 organizaciones socias, locales e internacionales, para fortalecer la conservación del bioma amazónico en Colombia, Ecuador y Perú.

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Análise de Custo-benefício de Hidrelétrica na Bacia do Rio Tapajós

Em 2015, a Conservação Estratégica (CSF) ampliou sua atuação no projeto BUILD incluindo uma análise de custo-benefício da construção de hidrelétricas na bacia do rio Tapajós, no estado do Pará. O objetivo é utilizar um indicador que, ao mesmo tempo que possibilita análises econômicas, também traga a discussão da perda de ecossistemas e biodiversidade. A valoração econômica de serviços ecossistêmicos será a ferramenta adotada para nortear todo este estudo.

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The economics of 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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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.

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An economic comparison of alternatives to building a port on Goat Islands, Jamaica

In 2013, Jamaica’s Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing announced that the China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) had selected the area on and around the Goat Islands to build a major transhipment port and accompanying industrial complex. Due to the location of the proposed site in the core of the Portland Bight Protected Area, reactions have been heated.

Understanding the farm-level economics of Rainforest Alliance certification

CSF is working with the Rainforest Alliance (RA) to design and carry out research on the costs and benefits to farmers of RA certification. The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and improve livelihoods by promoting and evaluating the implementation of globally respected sustainability standards in a variety of fields. These include cocoa, coffee, and tea, among the most important crops grown in biologically important regions. RA certifies a major portion of global supply of some of these crops, including more than 130,000 cocoa farms in 11 countries.

Biodiversity monitoring costs in Brazilian national parks

As one of the 17 megadiverse countries, Brazil contains 20% of the earth’s biodiversity and features the largest number of endemic species in the world. Despite this, the local biodiversity monitoring in Brazil is irregular and occurs in a disorganized manner.

CSF Brazil, in partnership with Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio) and the German Technical Cooperation Agency (GIZ), is conducting a study of the cost of implementation and maintenance of ICMBio’s biodiversity monitoring program, including the indication of financial mechanisms and sources for the continuation of the program in the long run.

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?

Value-chain analysis of sea cucumber fisheries

CSF is partnering with the government of Ngardmau State, Palau, to conduct a value-chain analysis of their sea cucumber fishery. For the community of Ngardmau, sea cucumbers represent an important species culturally and, if managed properly, have the potential to significantly improve economic conditions in the area. The second highest-valued export commodity within the Pacific, sea cucumbers are among the few resources that can deliver profits at the village level.

El Programa Socio Bosque en la provincia de Sucumbíos: Análisis económico del uso de la tierra y las preferencias de los propietarios

El Programa Socio Bosque (PSB) busca la conservación de los bosques ecuatorianos y el reconocimiento a los actores sociales involucrados en este proceso, mediante la entrega de incentivos económicos que contribuyan también al desarrollo sustentable y la reducción de la pobreza. La provincia de Sucumbíos conserva un importante porcentaje de los bosque remanentes en el Ecuador, pero la deforestación ha sido identificada como uno de los principales problemas ambientales de la región. PSB trabaja con 2 tipos de actores sociales en esta zona: agentes privados con propiedad individual de la tierra y grupos poblacionales con propiedad colectiva, los cuales son principalmente indígenas Kichwas y Sionas, entre otros.

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