Welcome to the Economics and Planning Portal!
The Economics and Planning team applies economic theory and innovative planning strategies to support CI’s conservation priorities. Our economists and natural resource specialists provide technical guidance to stakeholders – from government officials to landowners – to better understand the tradeoffs between conservation and development in their land and resource decisions. Using sound analysis, we aim to make conservation a valid land use option and economically valuable enterprise for governments and local communities.
Our team links theoretical research concepts to projects in the field, using rigorous analysis tailored to fit the soci-political context. Our broad array of tools and strategies allows us to effectively work at different scales of implementation. Current projects demonstrate our range in scale and our diverse strategies (see our Case Studies for more details):
Cost Benefit Analysis of a Low-Carbon Liberia – supporting the government of Liberia to position itself in the burgeoning global carbon market through an analysis of the costs and benefits of a low carboneconomic trajectory.
Green Suriname – providing spatial analysis training as a platform to support a collaborative decision making process towards sustainable land and resource use that are based on the country's long-term vision.
Ecotourism in Madagascar – implementing a value chain approach to tourism development has contributed to increased competitiveness of the destination, improvements in human wellbeing and increased financing and support for protected areas.
Analyzing Landuse Suitability in Northern Sumatra - developing landuse scenarios based on conservation and development priorities to provide decision-makers with the necessary tools to assess trade-offs between landuse options.
Phoenix Islands Protected Area Trust – working with the Government of Kiribati to develop and manage a trust fund which will contribute to the protection of 408,000 square kilometers of land and sea, making it the largest marine protected area in the world.
Looking to the Future
As CI continues to develop innovate strategies, helping societies to responsibly care for nature for the well-being of humanity, the Economics and Planning team will provide leadership and support on:
- Developing new mechanisms for sustainablefinancing. Analyzing the role of ecosystems in mitigating risks from natural disasters, including climate change.
- Understanding the tradeoffs between development and conservation priorities at the local, regional and national level.
- Integrating value chain analysis into landscape scale planning processes.
- Developing mechanisms to equitably distribute the costs and benefits of protected areas.
- Using market mechanisms to address distribution of costs and benefits.
The final report of our Green Economies project will soon be available on this site. The report includes an introduction to "Green Economies", plus two case stuides from the Atlantic Forest of Brazil and Papua and Papua Barat, Indonesia.