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Conservation Strategy Fund receives MacArthur Award

Feb. 27, 2012

California-based Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF) was recognized recently with the 2012 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. CSF is one of 15 organizations from around the world to receive the prestigious prize from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. With offices spanning five countries in North, Central and South America, CSF works to promote conservation through economics training and analysis.

Rocío Moreno, alumni of the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics at The Ohio State University, works as senior economist for CSF. Her work focuses on the analysis and implementation of economic incentives in Amazon areas of Andean countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela) to protect ecosystem services and support local communities.

Since its 1998 founding, CSF has trained 1500 professionals from over 80 countries by giving them the tools needed to be more strategic and successful in their conservation work. The $750,000 grant that accompanies the MacArthur Award will allow CSF to expand its work to new regions of the globe, as well as strengthen their efforts in marine conservation and climate change. For more information on CSF, see