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International Economic Tools for Conservation Course - 2017

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Jun 19, 2017 06:00 AM to
Jun 30, 2017 10:00 PM

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From the Conservation Strategy Fund course announcement:


Conservation Strategy Fund is offering its annual international training course, Economic Tools for Conservation, June 19-30, 2017 at the University of California Berkeley. CSF’s Economic Tools courses are regarded as the premier training event in applied economics for environmental professionals. We are proud to partner with the University of California Berkeley, widely recognized as the top public university in the world and a leader in applying environmental science and policy to conservation and development challenges. Our program will be hosted by the International and Executive Programs at UC Berkeley.


During the comprehensive two-week session, participants learn to use economics to be more strategic and successful in their work, and experience a transformational shift in how they view environmental issues. The course covers economic fundamentals, natural resource economics, valuation of ecosystem services, environmental policies, communication and negotiation techniques, and hands-on experience with cost-benefit analysis of projects and policies. These skills are crucial at a time when global-scale environmental changes are being driven by a diversity of economic factors, and when conservation leaders are striving to harness opportunities to reward the preservation of ecosystem services.


“The experience form this course is immeasurable and definitely leaves me in a better position to make a significant contribution to environmental management in Uganda and the world at large. The knowledge and skills imparted by CSF have really transformed my thinking about environmental economics and how it relates to development programs. I, now more than ever, believe that it's time for environmentalists to work closely with other professionals and economists to create the impact that we all desire - a clean and healthy environment.” – Carol Kagaba Kairumba, Uganda, 2016 Course Graduate


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This course is for people at the forefront of conservation challenges, including managers of conservation programs and protected areas, directors of non-governmental organizations, and representatives of government agencies. Applicants from a variety of disciplines such as biology, forestry, law, anthropology, or economics are encouraged to apply. Previous training in economics is beneficial, but not essential. Applicants must be proficient in spoken and written English.


Year after year, participants give CSF’s Economic Tools for Conservation course highest marks in terms of content, instructors, staff and the overall course experience. Our courses also create significant and lasting impacts. Alumni report that:

The course influenced how I approach my conservation work – 95%

The training was one of the most useful short courses I have attended – 92%

I continue to benefit from my CSF training – 90%


"I not only learned about economic concepts that will help me in my career, facing environmental issues, but also this course gave me the opportunity to meet wonderful people from around the world. These people have inspired me to believe and to have hope for the challenges we are facing. I feel very happy and lucky to have been a part of the course and part of this wonderful group." – Isabel Felandro Llanos, Peru, 2015 Course Graduate



Participants gain:

  • An essential foundation in basic economic concepts and language.
  • Insight into the drivers of environmental problems, including market and institutional failures.
  • Skills to evaluate the costs and benefits of natural resource management and development decisions, including values of ecosystem services.
  • The ability to formulate more effective strategies and policies for conservation.
  • Invaluable practice using communication and negotiation techniques to articulate environmental values in a language that communities, businesses, and governments can understand.
  • A close network with fellow conservation professionals through the unique CSF Residence Program on the Berkeley campus.


“I gained a basic understanding and newfound appreciation of economics and how applicable it is in everyday life. I now understand the value and the role of economics in mitigating environmental degradation.” – Jaclyn Eng, Singapore, 2016 Course Graduate




The total cost for the two-week program is $5000 per participant. This fee covers the following:

  • Instruction by economic experts
  • CSF course facilitators and residential staff
  • All course materials and supplies
  • Exclusive access to CSF online workspace with course reading and materials
  • 13 nights lodging in residential housing on the UC Berkeley campus
  • All meals and coffee breaks during course
  • Field trip
  • Travel health insurance, if not provided by employer
  • Lifetime membership in CSF’s global Alumni Network

Accepted applicants are responsible for seeking their own funding from employers, government, sponsors or other funding sources to cover their course fees and travel expenses.

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