Providing Accessible Learning Opportunities in Economics and Finance

Our unique and effective capacity building program in economics and finance provides the knowledge, skills, and language that are key for solving environmental challenges. CSF courses are taught by experts who understand real-world development issues and who demonstrate how economics can advance environmental goals in practical, strategic ways. This approach is crucial at a time when global-scale environmental changes are being driven by diverse economic factors, and when conservation leaders are striving to preserve critical ecosystems.


Our capacity building program has reached 3,000+ people working for 700+ organizations in 90+ countries. Our alumni are using economics to be more strategic in their work, and influence local, regional, and national-level decisions in favor of nature:

  • 95% say the CSF course was one of the most useful short courses they have ever attended

  • 95% say their CSF training experience changed how they approach their work

  • 82% say attending the CSF course contributed to a career advancement

  • 75% say the CSF training helped them achieve a specific success

Economía y Finanzas para el Liderazgo Ambiental

¡Primer curso de CSF 100% en línea y en español para todo público!

CSF ha ofrecido cursos de capacitación en economía para la conservación desde 1998. Durante este tiempo hemos implementado un curso anual en Estados Unidos, reconocido a nivel mundial como el curso internacional de CSF “Economics & Finance for Environmental Leadership”. Este curso, desarrollado en inglés, tiene un enfoque introductorio a la "economía para la conservación" y está destinado a ofrecer un abordaje general sobre un conjunto de herramientas que provienen de la economía clásica y experimental, y que tienen aplicabilidad en el campo de la conservación.

Environmental Valuation

A New Self-Paced Course

Interested in learning how you can use economic tools to value ecosystem services? Our new self-paced course provides you with the fundamentals of environmental valuation, including exposure to a range of valuation approaches and a chance to apply what you've learned through project design. Register for FREE access until January 31, 2023!

Numbers for Nature Training Institute Global Launch Video

On March 9, 2022, Conservation Strategy Fund officially launched the Numbers For Nature Training Institute. Watch this short video to learn about the launch and more about our mission and vision for N4N.

Introducing the 4Nature Podcast

It’s time to rethink our incentive systems so they work for Nature and People. 

Hosted by David Meyers, Executive Director of Conservation Finance Alliance, and Kim Bonine, Training Director at Conservation Strategy Fund, 4Nature Podcast interviews some of the world’s most innovative thinkers and driven actors all committed to restructuring financial, economic and social incentives to be more nature positive, and dedicated to transforming the role humanity plays within Nature.

CSF Video Lessons

Want to understand the economic drivers of environmental problems? How to value things in the natural environment? The essentials of fisheries and forestry economics? Step-by-step instructions on cost-benefit analysis? View our video lessons to learn more!
Person deciding how much to pay for benefits of forest

CSF Instructor David Johnson explains how training in economics can change the way conservationists view markets and environmental services. David is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and previously taught at both Harvard University and Stanford University.

Economics & Finance for Environmental Leadership

CSF's International Flagship Course

Our 2022 course has been completed! Registration for our 2023 course will be open soon. Check back here for more information. and click below to learn more about our flagship bootcamp in applied economics and finance for conservation professionals!

Alumni Directory

Join a community of nearly 5,000 professionals in the field of conservation with the CSF Alumni Directory. Learn who's taken courses from CSF and the Numbers for Nature Training Institute from your region or field of study and professionally connect to grow your network.

CSF's Inaugural Alumni Symposium

March 2022 8th - 10th

During this highly interactive three-day global event, CSF course alumni reconnected with course peers, shared updates on their work, and discussed solutions to the most pressing environmental challenges of our time with fellow alumni and other experts working at the intersection of conservation and development around the world.

In-Person Training Opportunities

Custom courses

CSF offers tailored training in economics and finance tools to empower conservation organizations, decision-makers, and communities to find more sustainable development pathways. Explore fellowships and training opportunities in specific themes and regions on CSF's main website.


Titus Muia

Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust, Kenya

“This training is one of the greatest ideas in community-based conservation. It has empowered me as a key decision maker in a conservation organization to have a not just a voice, but a voice of reason. This is exactly what I needed, and now I have it, thanks to CSF.”

Scott Edwards

Executive Director, Conservation Strategy Fund

"It is our conviction that by raising economic literacy and building a better case for conservation, we can direct human behavior and decision making to support better outcomes for people and nature."

Indekhwa Anangwe

Senior Policy Officer with the African Wildlife Foundation, Kenya (N4N International 2021)

“I have picked up invaluable conservation finance and economics aspects that are going to be very useful for my day to day work. We are currently working towards establishing a sustainable financing mechanism for protected areas in Africa and how we create a case for conservation of these conserved and protected areas is going to be very critical as we talk to governments, potential funders and other key stakeholders. This course couldn't have come in at a better time for me."

Kerstin Brauneder

Technical Advisor, Impact Mitigation and Biodiversity Offsets with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Laos (N4N International 2021)

“I can whole-heartedly say that this was a great experience. I think it's great that this is carried out online rather than on-site, because it allows more people to attend and reduces the carbon travel footprint."

Hannah de Villiers

MSc Candidate & Freelancer for the Endangered Wildlife Trust with the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa (N4N International 2021)

"One of the best courses I've ever done and what I learned will stay with me for life.”

Maxene Atis

Haiti Program Director with The Nature Conservancy, USA (N4N International 2021)

“I plan to apply the knowledge I acquired in this course directly in my conservation work, particularly in my interactions with policymakers, the private sector, and government entities. I am definitely better prepared to supervise or provide important feedback on my external consultants' studies on ecosystems services and biodiversity in general. As far as sharing, I will be using all platforms and avenues (e.g. as a board member of a National Conservation Trust Fund in Haiti, in training workshops with local organizations, communities, and government, in meetings, workshops and conferences).”

Samantha D. Leone

Technical Assistant with Conservation Finance Alliance, USA (N4N International 2021)

The course was an excellent refresher! For anyone considering it, it provides a great introduction to environmental economics, policy and conservation finance! I would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking to expand their knowledge in these subjects! Added bonus: The instructors are amazing and the learning materials and platform are top notch!"

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