Pledge About

John Reid

President, Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF)

Presentation: Financing Enforcement – Who Should pay?

Financing marine ecosystem protection and enforcement of fishing regulations is both an acute and chronic challenge. While enforcement is traditionally viewed as a governmental expense, the inadequacy of government funds allocated for the purpose requires creativity. Policies are needed that will make enforcement financing permanent and equitably distributed, focusing on the beneficiaries of enforcement and on the actors whose activities increase the costs.


John Reid has worked in conservation since 1991, promoting the use of economics to address conservation challenges. He founded Conservation Strategy Fund in 1998 after holding positions with Resources for the Future and Conservation International. CSF deploys an innovative training program and conducts practical, policy-relevant analyses on a number of themes in biologically significant ecosystems around the world. These issues include energy and transportation infrastructure, logging, ranching, protected areas, fishing and agriculture, among others. CSF won the 2012 MacArthur Foundation Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. John’s work has appeared in many CSF publications, in Scientific American, Conservation Biology, Environment, the Journal of Political Economy, Megadiversidade and Ambio. He’s an avid mountain biker, backpacker, photographer and baseball fan and holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University.

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