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Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF)


The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF)


Providing Resources to Protect Nature’s Hotspots for People and Prosperity




The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) provides grants for

nongovernmental and private sector organizations to help protect biodiversity

hotspots. Their global program includes four interlinked components:

strengthening protection and management of globally significant biodiversity,

increasing local and national capacity to integrate biodiversity conservation into

development and landscape planning, effective monitoring and knowledge

sharing, and ecosystem profile development and program execution.




To protect biodiversity hotspots, in recognition of the convergence of critical

areas for conservation with millions of people who are impoverished and highly

dependent on healthy ecosystems for their survival.


Scope Global


Primary Funders


(See List of Participants) The CEPF 5-year Strategic Framework sets out the

vision for FY 2008-2012, for which CEPF aims to secure at least $100 million

in new commitments from donor partners. New $25 million commitments

have been made by both AFD and CI. Ultimately, CEPF hopes to secure $150

million to further increase the resources available for implementation.


Participants & Key Collaborators


Conservation International (CI), the Global Environment Facility, the World

Bank, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Government of

Japan, and L’Agence Française de Développement, the French Development

Agency (AFD).


Definition of One Health


None. CEPF focuses on biodiversity hotspots on the premise that the status of

species is one of the most important indicators of ecosystem health and that

species demise can endanger the vitality and ability of ecosystems to provide

services important for human survival: air and water cleansing, flood and

climate control, soil regeneration, crop pollination, food, medicines, and raw



Monitoring & Evaluation Strategy


CEPF monitors and evaluates the performance of the overall program, as well

as target ecosystems and individual projects. Data gathered are used to analyze

and document best practices, lessons, and results. Currently, CEPT is working

on strengthening the monitoring approach by ensuring that conservation targets

are defined in all regions receiving CEPT funding, improving outcomes

monitoring at the ecosystem level in all critical ecosystems receiving funding,

and sharing the results widely to demonstrate biodiversity impact and enable

adaptive management. CEPF has a 4-year strategic framework with outcomes,

targets, and timelines.





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