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CSF’s work proves that we can have economic prosperity without sacrificing the environment we all depend on so crucially, and this course will teach participants how to make that same argument on behalf of nature and people. No background in economics or finance was required to participate and excel in this training. The short 2-day course provided participants with the skills to more effectively value and integrate nature and natural resources into investment planning.

Meet Your Course Instructors

These experts walk the walk: they are valuing and saving nature around the world.

Kim Bonine

Kim is currently the Head of Capacity Development at the Stanford Natural Capital Project. She is the Founder and former Director of CSF’s Numbers for Nature Training Institute and has build training programs in over 40 countries and across five continents. Over the past 25 years, she has led the design and implementation of environmental economics courses and analysis projects in Africa, Asia, the Pacific and North and South America on themes such as wildlife conservation, infrastructure development, fisheries management, tourism economics, and sustainable livelihoods. Kim holds a MS in Earth Systems and a BA in Human Biology, both from Stanford University.

Marcello Hernández-Blanco

Marcello Hernández-Blanco has a PhD in Ecological Economics from the Australian National University, a Master of Science in Biodiversity, Wildlife and Ecosystem Health from the University of Edinburgh, a master’s degree in Environmental Management from the Interamerican University of Costa Rica, and a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the Latin University of Costa Rica. He has been an international consultant and speaker for over a decade in topics related to natural capital valuation, green and blue economy, financial mechanisms for conservation, environmental policy design, climate change, and environmental management, among others. Marcello also collaborates with various global initiatives, such as the Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) where he is lead author for the Americas' assessment, and author of the assessment on the multiple values of nature; he is the chair for Costa Rica of the Ecosystem Services Partnership as well as a member of its Steering Committee, and he is a member of the IUCN thematic group on ecosystem services from the Commission of Ecosystem Management

David Meyers

David is an environmental finance expert and entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience in the field. He is currently the Executive Director of the Conservation Finance Alliance. From 2012-2018, David was a Senior Technical Advisor for the BIOFIN/UNDP project. David spent well over a decade in Madagascar and helped the country plan and execute a doubling of the area under conservation. He holds a PhD in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy from Duke University, and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

The CSF Training Experience


  • World-class teaching

    Our course combines lectures on fundamental concepts with case studies and exercises that show interesting applications to real-life scenarios.

  • Getting the most out of your time

    This course is only 2 days, in-person, and will give you a background in conservation economics and finance that you can immediately apply to your work. Sessions will run from 9am-5pm each day.

  • An inclusive & diverse environment

    Conservation and sustainable development practitioners from every country and background are invited to enroll. Participants must be comfortable reading and speaking in English. No previous economics experience necessary.

  • Practical tools for your conservation work

    Participants will leave this course with a toolkit of strategic finance solutions to apply directly to their conservation work around the world.