Conservation Stewards Program (CSP) :: 2016
Most of the world's remaining critical habitat is in the hands of remote communities and indigenous groups. Too often, these communities use land, water and other natural resources in unsustainable ways — simply because there’s not an economic alternative. Conservation agreements bridge conservation and development, delivering concrete benefits — like farm inputs, educational subsidies and cash — to rural farmers and local communities who agree to protect their natural resources.
Margarita runs the Conservation Stewards Program at Conservation International. The Stewards Program pioneered this powerful conservation tool — negotiating, financing and managing deals — and is now scaling their systematic approach as a broker of robust agreements that can be adapted to many different settings and situations. To achieve lasting conservation, we need win-win solutions like conservation agreements that provide real incentives for communities to protect critical habitats.