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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.

Customized Training and Mentored Policy Research on Integrated Landscape Policy & Economics

With support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, CSF is working on a project to promote integrated landscape approaches for sustainable forests and land use policy and management at the sub-national level in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia.

The specific objectives of the program areas follows:

Conservation Finance Curriculum Development

CSF has received a grant from Blue Solutions to support curriculum development on conservation finance. This will add to the current suite of Blue Solutions trainings that include marine spatial planning, climate change adaptation, and integrating ecosystem services into marine and coastal development.

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.

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.

Strengthening the Brazil Nut Value Chain: Economic Feasibility Study of the Implementation of a New Cooperation Network in Amazonas State

CSF is doing an economic feasibility analysis of the implementation of the Agro-extractivist Cooperatives and Associations Network of the State of Amazonas (RECABAAM) to help improve the Brazil nut value chain.

Traditional peoples and communities' agro-extrativist associations and cooperatives in Protected Areas in the Brazilian state of Amazonas face several challenges. These are mainly related to their businesses' management and the commercialization of their products, such as the Brazil nut, pirarucu fish and fruits, among others.

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.

Economic Benefits of the Peace Agreement in Colombia From Birding Tourism

Economic Benefits of the Peace Agreement in Colombia From Birding Tourism

Colombia has the greatest bird diversity in the world. Approximately 1,900 bird species have been registered, equivalent to 20% of all species globally. This wealth in species highlights a tremendous potential for birding tourism. Current efforts by the Colombian government to increase security and end decades of armed conflict, as well as to promote ecotourism, can help position the country as one of the most important birding destinations in the world.

Programa COMSERBO-Pando

COMSERBO-Pando Program

After finishing two studies related to the Economic Incentives Program in Pando-Bolivia, COMSERBO-Pando, CSF is supporting the Government of Pando in developing instruments for establishing the program officially in government projects, while allowing seeking funds for its expansion.