CONSERVATION STRATEGY FUND LAUNCHES TOOL TO IDENTIFY ‘GOOD’ AND ‘BAD’ HYDRO DAMS Sebastopol, California, June 26, 2013 – Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF) announces the launch of the HydroCalculator Tool 3.0. The HydroCalculator enables ordinary people to compare the economic, environmental and social aspects of hydroelectric dams with a free online tool. Dams vary widely in their economic efficiency and the extent of damage they do to ecosystems and communities. The HydroCalculator is designed to highlight those differences and thus inform debate over energy development. It is a major overhaul of a previous tool offered by the organization. “World energy demand is expected to increase by a third in the next 20 years and a large share of that will come from dams. Citizens need simple, accessible tools, like the HydroCalculator, to understand energy options and push for the ones that make the most economic and environmental sense,” said CSF president John Reid. “The goal of the HydroCalculator is to stimulate debate, transparency and ultimately good decisions on hydro development.” HydroCalculator users input data on the location of the dam, its cost, reservoir size and capacity. The tool computes the economic return, greenhouse gas emissions, habitat loss and people displaced per megawatt of capacity. In addition to creating analyses, users can comment on other projects and message other users directly, facilitating discussion. Projects can be ranked and viewed on a global map, where they are color-coded according to their economic rate of return. The HydroCalculator Tool can be found online at http://conservationstrategy.org/en/hydrocalculator-analyses, is available in English, Portuguese and Spanish and currently supports dam analyses in 30 countries. CSF welcomes any feedback and new users. Conservation Strategy Fund is a global leader in advancing conservation solutions powered by economics. Through training and applied field studies, CSF delivers objective and clear strategies to conservation professionals worldwide. CSF programs have reached over 1,800 professionals in over 650 organizations, based in 85+ countries. In 2012, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation honored CSF with the Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. The prize goes to a highly select set of organizations that demonstrate strong leadership, impact, and potential for scale. CSF has offices in the US, Bolivia and Brazil and additional staff in Costa Rica, Colombia, Peru, Uganda and the UK.