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​The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) enables nongovernmental and private sector organizations to conserve vital ecosystems in the world’s biodiversity hotspots.​


CEPF is a joint initiative of l'Agence Française de Développement, Conservation International, the European Union, the Global Environment Facility, the government of Japan, the​​ MacArthur Foundation and the World Bank.


Through grants to civil society — nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), private sector entities, communities and individuals — CEPF empowers people to be good stewards of the planet so they and future generations continue to benefit from its life-sustaining resources like clean air, fresh water, a stable climate and healthy soils.​


For more information, visit CEPF's website.



Our plan

CEPF grants:

  • Target biodiversity hotspots in developing and transitional countries.
  • Are guided by regional investment strategies (ecosystem profiles) developed with stakeholders.
  • Go directly to civil society groups to build this vital constituency for conservation alongside governmental partners.
  • Create working alliances among diverse groups, combining unique capacities and eliminating duplication of efforts.



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EditText:More than $165 million in grants has been given to more than 1,800 civil society organizations and individuals in more than 60 countries around the globe, leveraging more than $330 million in additional funds from other donors.

In addition to establishing or expanding more than 12.8 million hectares of critical ecosystems, CEPF grantees have improved the management of more than 30 million hectares of key biodiversity areas and more than 3 million hectares of production landscapes – areas used for crops or other products.

With just 0.5% of total biodiversity-related aid to developing countries, CEPF has made a vital contribution to conservation of the world’s biodiversity hotspots by helping to establish 6% of all terrestrial area protected from 2000 to 2010.

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      EditSection Title:Ecosystem Profiling
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      EditImage Description: A local boy travels across the Sanetti Plateau, in the Bale Mountains of Ethiopia, on horseback
      EditText: Before investing in a region’s vital ecosystems, CEPF brings together regional and local stakeholders to determine priorities and draft a plan of action. Through the participation of a wide range of local, regional and international stakeholders in the development of the profile, the resulting strategy not only reflects the best and latest knowledge about the hotspot, but also builds consensus among participants as to how to move forward together on conservation. The profiling process provides a foundation for collaboration among NGOs, researchers and government, and offers other donors a roadmap for investing in the most urgent conservation priorities and complementing ongoing efforts.
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        EditText: Health and livelihoods in the Sekong River Basin in Laos are threatened by increased demand for fish, forest products and electricity. With support from CEPF and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Laos communities are co-managing fisheries and protecting the freshwater ecosystems they rely on.
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        EditImage Description: Scenes of Tiwai Island in Sierra Leone, the work-site of CEPF grantee the Environmental Foundation for Africa
        EditText: To guard against further environmental damage and help nearby communities recover from more than a decade of war, CEPF provided support to the Environmental Foundation for Africa (EFA) to restore Sierra Leone’s Tiwai Island, whose concentration and variety of primates is among the highest in the world. In collaboration with local communities, EFA constructed facilities for scientific research and a visitor center, merging protected area management and community development needs.
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