Our strategy focuses on enabling civil society participation in biodiversity conservation where it matters most.
Our experience demonstrates that civil society -- from nongovernmental organizations and community groups to the private sector -- can bring innovative ideas and solutions, as well as participatory approaches, to solving local challenges. Courageous and creative individuals, working through strong civil organizations, are essential to progress.
Our geographic focus is a core part of our strategy. We support the development and engagement of civil society in Earth’s biodiversity hotspots, the most biologically rich and threatened areas. As many hotspots cross national borders, the approach transcends political boundaries and fosters coordination and joint efforts across large landscapes for local and global benefits.
A Strategic Framework sets the current vision, targets and strategy for our global program. It includes four overarching and 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
- Ecosystem profile development and program execution
Developing an ecosystem profile for each region where we invest is a fundamental part of our approach prior to the award of grants. The process is led by civil society groups and includes diverse stakeholders to develop a shared strategy from the outset.
Our ecosystem profiles outline the findings of this work, including overall conservation targets or “outcomes,” major threats and the policy, civil society and socioeconomic context, as well as funding gaps and opportunities. We use this information to determine the CEPF niche and investment strategy included in each ecosystem profile.
We have also designed a consolidation program to sustain the gains made in selected regions to date, beginning in 2008.