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Conservation Strategy Fund

Analysis and training in environmental economics, focusing on conservation strategies for the benefit of developing countries

Principal Office: USA

The Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF) provides analysis and training in environmental economics, focusing on conservation strategies for the benefit of developing countries.

The Fund relies on principles and tools from the discipline of economics to value ecosystem services; to examine costs and benefits of extracting natural resources; to propose how to build infrastructure (e.g., roads, dams, etc.) that reduces environmental damage; and to explore other conservation topics from the perspective of economics.

Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources

1 — Economic Analysis of Programs and Projects. CSF works with local conservationists in developing countries to use economic tools for analysis of environmental questions across a wide range of sectors and subjects: agriculture, fisheries, forests, water resources, climate change, protected areas, ecosystem services, coastal and marine management, infrastructure for transportation and energy, and others.

About the program

APPLICATION: CSF is not a grant maker. However, CSF is open to discussing ideas for joint proposals in economic analysis. Interested persons and organizations should contact CSF.

Link to contact information


2 — Training in Economics for Environmental Leadership. CSF offers intensive courses in cost-benefit analysis, fisheries economics, forest economics, valuation of ecosystem services, and other topics in environmental and conservation economics.

In addition, CSF offers custom in-house training and tailored short courses in collaboration with other organizations, including universities and governments. CSF welcomes requests and ideas for tailored training from interested organizations.

About the program

APPLICATION: CSF does not financially support participants for its training courses. However, it publishes a list of sources regarding possible financial aid.

Link to funding sources

Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries


Note: CSF does not define geographical priorities, although most of its work to date has focused in Latin America.

CSF’s website is available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Interested individuals can subscribe to CSF’s training announcements.

CSF posts video courses in conservation economics.

With funding provided by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), CSF annually selects Conservation Economics Fellows from the Andes region of Latin America.

June 2021