CEPF
Protecting Nature's Hotspots for people and prosperity

Eastern Afromontane

Kikuyu Escarpment Payment for Water Ecosystem Services Initiative

Grantee: Kijabe Environment Volunteers (KENVO)

Broker relationships between water user associations and community forestry associations in the Kikuyu Escarpment Forest and potential buyers of ecosystem services—water of a certain quantity and quality—downstream in Kiambu County in central Kenya. The 37,000 hectare area includes catchments of five rivers providing services to towns, water companies, major agricultural users and bottlers.

Amount $100,000
Grant Term 06/16 - 05/18

Conserving the Biodiversity of Kibira National Park by Raising Awareness About its Importance and Promoting Improved Stoves

Grantee: Action Ceinture Verte pour l’Environnement

Train 60 local community representatives, of which 32 are women, in the production and marketing of fuel-efficient stoves in Burundi; these representatives will then train others within their communities. Raise awareness of biodiversity conservation and sustainable natural resource management in and around the Kibira National Park Key Biodiversity Area for 600 people around the park.

Amount $16,000
Grant Term 01/14 - 12/14
Project Documents - Final report, English (PDF - 94 KB)

Misuku Hills Biodiversity Conservation

Grantee: Action for Environmental Sustainability

Raise awareness of the need for conservation among community members in and around the Wlindi-Matip and Mughese forest reserves in Malawi; establish a village-based savings and loan system to support the sustainable use of natural resources; and support the completion and implementation of a forest reserve management plan.

Amount $123,100
Grant Term 07/14 - 03/17
Project Documents - Final Report, English (PDF - 1.1 MB)
Related News and Information Safeguard document (PDF - 208 KB)
Biodiversity Survey Report (PDF - 380 KB)
Village Savings and Loans Training Manual for Trainers (PDF - 287 KB)

Conserving Fish in Lake Tana and Abay Basin, Ethiopia

Grantee: Addis Ababa University

Document the aquatic biodiversity and the potential threats in Lake Tana and Abay Basin, Ethiopia, and suggest mitigation measures. Fill gaps in scientific study of the lake by studying the area's fish stock, enhancing alternative fisheries and raising awareness about the threats. Develop an outcomes plan that will include plans for co-management and alternative livelihood trainings and practices in collaboration with a network of NGOs and community-based organizations.

Amount $197,435
Grant Term 01/14 - 06/17

Lost Mountain Phase III: Scalable Innovative Conservation and Development on Mount Namuli

Grantee: Additive Adventure

Promote conservation of Mozambique's Mount Namuli and improved human welfare for local communities with support from Mozambican NGO LUPA; and work with community members and local governments to promote cooperative planning that mainstreams conservation of the Namuli Key Biodiversity Area into local development objectives.

Amount $150,000
Grant Term 02/15 - 06/16
Project Documents - Final Report English (PDF – 305 KB)

Improved Conservation, Agribusiness and Land Use Planning at Mount Rungwe, Tanzania

Grantee: AFRICAN WILDLIFE FOUNDATION

Work in the villages of Bujingijila and Nbumbulu, between the Mount Rungwe Nature Reserve and Kitulo Plateau National Park in Tanzania, to train farmers in conservation-friendly farm management.

Amount $159,432
Grant Term 02/15 - 01/17

Civil Society Alliance for Enhanced Implementation of Environmental Impact Assessments in Key Biodiversity Areas of the Albertine Rift Region

Grantee: Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS) ($210,000 grant), The Albertine Rift Conservation Society ($57,310 grant)

Promote the use of environmental impact assessments (EIAs) to safeguard sensitive areas in Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo provinces of North Kivu and South Kivu. Train as many as 40 local NGOs and community organizations in EIA processes, creating a network of EIA practitioners that can become engaged in these processes more broadly in the region, promulgating better EIA policy, standards and guidelines.

Amount $267,310
Grant Term 06/14 - 05/17
Related News and Information - AREALA news bulletin English/French (PDF - 7.4 MB)

Developing a Web-enabled and Geo-referenced Database Solution for Yemen's Biodiversity

Grantee: Amjad and Majdi Salameh Company

Develop a web-based database that includes information on Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) delineation, habitat, species diversity, species conservation status, flyways important for migratory birds, KBA protection status, threats to biodiversity and conservation priorities. This information will be globally available but will be particularly useful to the civil society organization network and other partners in Yemen.

Amount $115,491
Grant Term 06/16 - 05/18

Integrated Management of Bururi Forest Nature Reserve

Grantee: Association Burundaise Pour la Protection des Oiseaux

Conserve the 3,300 hectare Bururi Forest Nature Reserve in Burundi through improved stakeholder engagement. Promote partnerships between the formal park management agency, Institute National pour l'Environment et la Conservation de la nature (INECN), and local civil society organizations so that the latter may gain formal management rights and responsibilities. This entails creation of site support groups, reforestation, promotion of the use of fuel-efficient wood stoves, and promotion of beekeeping as an alternative livelihood.

Amount $175,943
Grant Term 07/14 - 09/16

Building Capacity of Farmers’ Associations for Land Use Planning and Conservation of Lake Kivu Landscape, Rwanda

Grantee: ASSOCIATION POUR LA PROMOTION DES ETUDES D’IMPACTS ENVIRONNEMENTAUX AU RWANDA

Engage 156 members of cooperatives and farmers' associations and 104 local and opinion leaders along the shores of Lake Kivu, a freshwater key biodiversity area in Rwanda, to participate in land use planning and biodiversity conservation by providing training in land use planning, environment and biodiversity protection, watershed management, climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies, and energy management.

Amount $20,000
Grant Term 05/15 - 04/16
Project Documents - Final report, English (PDF - 84 KB)

Finalizing the Kivu-Rusizi Intervention Plan to Enhance Climate Change Resilience for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Grantee: Association pour la Conservation de la Nature au Rwanda

Conduct an innovative study into the origin of sediments in Lake Kivu, which straddles the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Rusizi River, as part of broader efforts funded by both CEPF and the Macarthur Foundation and being implemented by multiple partners, including The Nature Conservancy. Identify primary sources of erosion and develop a monitoring system that forms part of a climate resilient altitudinal gradient plan for the river basin.

Amount $99,698
Grant Term 02/16 - 06/17

Promoting Energy Efficiency for Sustainable Conservation of the Cyamudongo Forest

Grantee: Association Rwandaise des Ecologistes

Working in the Cyamudongo Forest Region, a small relic forest near Rwanda's border with Burundi and the DRC, the grantee will promote the use of high efficiency wood-burning stoves to relieve pressure on the forest; distribute stoves to 1,000 households; and raise awareness of the benefit of these stoves among the 3,000 households in the area.

Amount $25,000
Grant Term 09/14 - 08/15
Project Documents - Final Report (PDF - 276 KB)

Promoting Energy-Efficient Stoves for Sustainable Conservation of Cyamudongo Forest, Phase Two

Grantee: Association Rwandaise des Ecologistes

Work with residents living adjacent to the Cyamdungo Forest in Rwanda to promote the adoption of fuel-efficient wood-burning stoves and assess whether use of the stoves leads to decreased pressure on the forest.

Amount $40,000
Grant Term 07/16 - 06/17
Related News and Information Safeguard document (PDF - 210 KB)

Empowering Major Stakeholders for Sustainable Utilization and Conservation of Lake Tana Fish Resources, Ethiopia

Grantee: Bahir Dar University

Train 60 community members from two cooperatives in natural resource management of Lake Tana, Ethiopia, and provide information on its potential, and the challenges and conservation opportunities present. Raise awareness in the wider community on who owns Lake Tana's fish, where and when the fish breed and live, and on human impacts on Lake Tana fish stocks. The aim is to rebuild the declining fish stock of Lake Tana, particularly Labeobarbus species, through the enforcement of the Amhara National Regional State Fisheries Proclamation and Regulation.

Amount $19,994
Grant Term 01/14 - 09/15
Project Documents - Final report, English (PDF - 161 KB)

Rehabilitation and Sustainable Utilization of Little Abbai River Mouth Wetlands

Grantee: Bahir Dar University

Improve the management of Ethiopia's Little Abbai River Mouth Wetlands, where the Little Abbai River flows into Lake Tana, by working with community members, representatives from fishing cooperatives, and representatives from papyrus crafters to train people in improved production practices.

Amount $149,307
Grant Term 02/15 - 07/17

Institutionalizing Integrated Biodiversity Management and Sustainable Livelihoods Enhancement in Awi Zone, Amhara National Regional State (phase 2: Consolidating and Scaling Up)

Grantee: Bees for Development Ethiopia

Scale up the interventions being carried out in relation to the ongoing project "Modeling Integration of Biodiversity Management and Sustainable Livelihoods in Awi Zone" in Ethiopia’s Dangla Woreda. Incorporate innovative project components to ensure sustainability, bringing about long-term impacts by the two successive CEPF-funded projects.

Amount $20,000
Grant Term 03/16 - 02/17

Modelling Integration of biodiversity management and sustainable livelihoods in Awi Zone

Grantee: Bees for Development Ethiopia

Demonstrate how the challenges of degeneration of biodiversity and land degradation, livelihood insecurity of poor households and landless rural youth, and the interplay between natural resources degradation and poverty can be addressed in Awi Zone; and work to ensure forest resources and key endangered tree species can be rehabilitated and sustainably managed by the agrarian community of two kebeles of Dangila Wereda while improving livelihoods.

Amount $19,997
Grant Term 04/15 - 12/16

Identify New Eastern Afromontane Key Biodiversity Area on the Njesi Plateau in Mozambique

Grantee: BINCO

Mount an expedition to the northernmost mountains of the Njesi Plateau in Mozambique to perform standardized biodiversity surveys for selected taxa: birds; large mammals; small mammals; amphibians and reptiles; ground beetles and spiders; butterflies; Odonata and Hemiptera; selected beetles; and selected moths. Assess the biodiversity and habitat matrices present, describe new species encountered and also quantitatively document species assemblages through well-established, rapid assessment protocols. Formally assess, document and present the site's conservation value and its qualification as an Eastern Afromontane Key Biodiversity Area.

Amount $20,000
Grant Term 07/16 - 06/17

Eastern Afromontane-1, RIT Administration

Grantee: BIRDLIFE INTERNATIONAL

Birdlife International leads the Regional Implementation Team (RIT) in the Eastern Afromontante Hotspot. The program is based out of Birdlife's Nairobi offices. Birdlife is joined in its consortium by the Ethiopian Wildlife and Natural History Society (EWNHS) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) via its offices in Kenya and Mozambique. Together, this consortium leads the grant solicitation and award process, builds the capacity of grantees, and is responsible for liaison with donors and host country government agencies.

Amount $1,048,946
Grant Term 09/12 - 12/19

Eastern Afromontane-2, RIT Programs

Grantee: BIRDLIFE INTERNATIONAL

Birdlife International leads the Regional Implementation Team (RIT) in the Eastern Afromontante Hotspot. The program is based out of Birdlife's Nairobi offices. Birdlife is joined in its consortium by the Ethiopian Wildlife and Natural History Society (EWNHS), based in Adis Ababa, and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) via its offices in Kenya and Mozambique. Together, this consortium leads the grant solicitation and award process, builds the capacity of grantees, and is responsible for liaison with donors and host country government agencies.

Amount $790,361
Grant Term 09/12 - 12/19

Stakeholder Capacity Building for Key Biodiversity Area Management Planning in the Chimanimani–Nyanga Mountains

Grantee: BirdLife Zimbabwe

Work to improve biodiversity and increase areas under effective management in the key biodiversity areas (KBAs) of the Chimanimani-Nyanga Mountains Corridor in Zimbabwe. The KBA sites involved include the Chimanimani Mountains National Park, Nyanga Mountains National Park, Chirinda Forest Reserve, Stapleford Forest Reserve and Vumba Highlands.

Amount $129,390
Grant Term 05/13 - 04/15
Project Documents - Final report, English (PDF - 157 KB)

Transboundary Cooperation in the Chimanimani Mountains of Zimbabwe and Mozambique

Grantee: BIRDLIFE ZIMBABWE

Implement parallel and complementary grants (in conjunction with Fundacao MICAIA in Mozambique) on either side of the Chimanimani transboundary Key Biodiversity Area. Together the two groups will improve networking, skill development and knowledge sharing between the organizations and the communities working on either side of the border. The end result will be better-managed, formal protected areas and more sustainable use of the surrounding buffer zones.

Amount $65,000
Grant Term 01/16 - 06/17

Upgrade Biodiversity Importance Status of Sof Omar Key Biodiversity Area in Ethiopia

Grantee: Botanic Gardens Conservation International

Determine the appropriate biological priority for Sof Omar Key Biodiversity Area in Ethiopia through an improved understanding of the flora within the site and their threat status. Build capacity of local partners, raise awareness of relevant stakeholders, and identify appropriate protection measures for the site and species therein.

Amount $17,600
Grant Term 07/16 - 06/17

Restoration and Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity in Lake Tanganyika

Grantee: Burundi Nature Action

Identiy and map the major threats on an area that stretches over 120 kilometers of coast, south of Bujumbura, where the coastal biodiversity of Lake Tanganyika in Burundi is threatened by pollution, erosion and the destruction of the remaining natural sites. Prepare a holistic management plan for this area, which will be discussed with all stakeholders and in particular the government agencies. For each threat, implement pilot activities such as the planting of bamboo to limit erosion or advocating for the creation of small protected areas along the coast of Lake Tanganyika.

Amount $74,351
Grant Term 10/13 - 09/15
Project Documents - Final report, French (PDF - 601 KB)

Developing Payment for Ecosystem Service Scheme in the Bugoma Forest of Uganda

Grantee: Chimpanzee Sanctuary & Wildlife Conservation Trust

Promote the development of a payment for ecosystem services scheme in Uganda’s Bugoma Community Forest Reserve that will lead to the engagement of five communities and the improved management of 18,000 hectares of forest.

Amount $99,995
Grant Term 06/16 - 05/17

Ensuring the Long-term Sustainability of Nsumbu National Park and Tondwa Game Manage Area Key Biodiversity Area Through Strengthening the Role of Village Action Groups

Grantee: Conservation Lake Tanganyika

Ensure the effective participation of local communities in the recently initiated Lake Tanganyika Sustainable Development Project (LTDP), which is partly funded by GEF. The LTDP aims to develop a land use plan for Tondwa Game Management Area (GMA), conduct a law enforcement review and create a strategic law enforcement plan for both Tondwa GMA and Nsumbu National Park, and finally contribute toward a general management plan for Nsumbu. The project will add value to this larger initiative by strengthening the role of village action groups in the LTDP through local consultations, agreements on local demarcations and inclusion of local community considerations in the final LTDP documents.

Amount $20,000
Grant Term 10/16 - 07/17

Promoting the Recognition of the Eastern Afromontane Key Biodiversity Areas and Corridors to an International Audience of Ecologists and Climate Change Scientists

Grantee: Dr Ian Gordon

Mainstream biodiversity conservation into national development policies and plans by promoting the recognition of Eastern Afromontane key biodiversity areas (KBAs) within the global scientific community at the 2013 London International Association for Ecology (INTECOL) Conference, specifically during the symposium dedicated to climate change and African mountain ecosystems: Modeling ecological change at different scales. The presenter is also the main author and compiler of the CEPF Eastern Afromontane Hotspot ecosystem profile.

Amount $3,983
Grant Term 08/13 - 10/13
Project Documents - Final report, English (PDF - 44 KB)
Related News and Information - Read Lessons Learned from this project

Reducing Knowledge Gaps for Active Participation of Civil Society in Biodiversity Conservation in the Chimanimani Region

Grantee: Eduardo Mondlane University

Train local natural resource management committees so they can participate more actively in the implementation of the management plan of the Chimanimani National Reserve in Mozambique; train field rangers and young community members in plant and animal species identification and other aspects of nature interpretation; develop community-based ecotourism initiatives; establish effective measures to mitigate human-elephant conflicts; and create a network among local civil society organizations in the Chimanimani Mountains, on both the Mozambican and the Zimbabwean sides.

Amount $16,000
Grant Term 06/14 - 11/15

Building Community and National Partners’ Capacity for Sustainable Conservation Financing at Rugezi Marsh Key Biodiversity Area, Rwanda

Grantee: ENDANGERED WILDLIFE TRUST

Improve the technical skills of community-based groups and partners at Rwanda's Rugezi Marsh Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) in conservation finance to sustain conservation efforts aimed at mitigating human-induced degradation of the wetland. The project will improve technical and management skills, enabling community groups to run viable alternative livelihood projects; develop business plans for ecotourism, beekeeping and craft-making projects; change environmental attitudes and behavior toward the wetland and species of conservation importance; and identify local and regional markets for ecotourism, beekeeping and craft-making businesses.

Amount $19,159
Grant Term 09/14 - 10/15

Capacity Needs Assessment of Civil Society Organizations in Yemen

Grantee: Enviromatics - Amjad and Majdi Salameh Company

Conduct a capacity needs assessment of civil society organisations (CSOs) in Yemen, identifying active environmental and social development CSOs, assessing their capacity needs, and establishing a plan of action to develop the capacities required to implement effective conservation action in the Eastern Afromontane Region of Yemen. The capacity needs assessment will be a participatory and consultative process that will produce a technical report which will be used to more efficiently target the CEPF investment in Yemen.

Amount $19,825
Grant Term 10/13 - 03/14
Project Documents - Final report, English (PDF - 52 KB)
Related News and Information Report, English (PDF - 3.7 MB)

Regional Implementation Team – Administration and Programs

Grantee: Ethiopian Wildlife & Natural History Society (EWNHS)

Birdlife International leads the Regional Implementation Team (RIT) in the Eastern Afromontante Hotspot. The program is based out of Birdlife's Nairobi offices. Birdlife is joined in its consortium by the Ethiopian Wildlife and Natural History Society (EWNHS) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) via its offices in Kenya and Mozambique. Together, this consortium leads the grant solicitation and award process, builds the capacity of grantees, and is responsible for liaison with donors and host country government agencies.

Amount $100,000
Grant Term 10/12 - 08/17

Regional Implementation Team – Administration and Programs

Grantee: Ethiopian Wildlife & Natural History Society (EWNHS)

Birdlife International leads the Regional Implementation Team (RIT) in the Eastern Afromontante Hotspot. The program is based out of Birdlife's Nairobi offices. Birdlife is joined in its consortium by the Ethiopian Wildlife and Natural History Society (EWNHS) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) via its offices in Kenya and Mozambique. Together, this consortium leads the grant solicitation and award process, builds the capacity of grantees, and is responsible for liaison with donors and host country government agencies.

Amount $100,000
Grant Term 10/12 - 08/17

Regional Implementation Team – Administration and Programs

Grantee: Ethiopian Wildlife & Natural History Society (EWNHS)

Birdlife International leads the Regional Implementation Team (RIT) in the Eastern Afromontante Hotspot. The program is based out of Birdlife's Nairobi offices. Birdlife is joined in its consortium by the Ethiopian Wildlife and Natural History Society (EWNHS) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) via its offices in Kenya and Mozambique. Together, this consortium leads the grant solicitation and award process, builds the capacity of grantees, and is responsible for liaison with donors and host country government agencies.

Amount $50,000
Grant Term 10/12 - 08/17

Regional Implementation Team – Administration and Programs

Grantee: Ethiopian Wildlife & Natural History Society (EWNHS)

Birdlife International leads the Regional Implementation Team (RIT) in the Eastern Afromontante Hotspot. The program is based out of Birdlife's Nairobi offices. Birdlife is joined in its consortium by the Ethiopian Wildlife and Natural History Society (EWNHS) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) via its offices in Kenya and Mozambique. Together, this consortium leads the grant solicitation and award process, builds the capacity of grantees, and is responsible for liaison with donors and host country government agencies.

Amount $124,975
Grant Term 10/12 - 08/17

Biodiversity-Friendly Futures for Ethiopia’s Afroalpine Ecosystem

Grantee: Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme

Work closely with six communities in the Mt. Guna, Delanta-Gubalaftu and Mt. Choke areas of Ethiopia to identify, in a participatory way, livelihood options that reduce the impact on natural resources. Support four Nature Clubs to implement small-scale environmental activities, and recruit Wolf Ambassadors to raise awareness of environmental issues in each community. As a pilot activity to reduce the need for firewood, this project by the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme also supports the establishment of a local fuel-efficient stove producer's micro-enterprise.

Amount $99,966
Grant Term 01/14 - 03/17

Securing the Ntakata Forest as a Community-Owned Village Land Forest Reserve in Tongweland, Western Tanzania

Grantee: Fauna & Flora International

Transition 18,300 hectares of open access land into land formally protected as the Ntakata Village Land Forest Reserve. Community members from three surrounding villages will directly benefit from employment opportunities. Fauna and Flora International will also work to strengthen the Tongwe Trust to continue its efforts into the future. This grant complements a grant to the Frankfurt Zoological Society to work in the Greater Mahale Landscape along the shores of Lake Tanganyika in western Tanzania.

Amount $158,026
Grant Term 07/13 - 09/15
Project Documents - Final Report (PDF - 574 KB)
Related News and Information Safeguard document 1 (PDF - 358 KB)

Building Capacity in Project Design and Proposal Writing in the Eastern Afromontane Hotspot

Grantee: Fauna & Flora International

Support 45 young or mid-career conservation professionals from national non-governmental organizations in the Eastern Afromontane Hotspot in building their capacities to write proposals, raise funds for their projects and develop long-term financing strategies. The young professionals chosen will join the Conservation Leadership Programme alumni network and can benefit from the experience of hundreds of conservation leaders worldwide.

Amount $157,430
Grant Term 01/14 - 04/17

Mount Mabu Conservation Project

Grantee: FAUNA AND FLORA INTERNATIONAL

Guided by a community-based conservation management plan, Fauna and Flora International and the Mozambican organization Justica Ambiental! will work to register Mt. Mabu, one of the last Afromontane remnant forests, as land for conservation use and nature-based tourism only. Work will entail strengthening of a community-based organization and collaboration with a tea estate that is being rehabilitated and brought back online by Mozambique Holdings.

Amount $79,552
Grant Term 07/13 - 03/16
Project Documents Final Report Final Report, English (PDF - 570 KB)
Related News and Information Safeguard document 1 (PDF - 31 KB)
Safeguard document 2 (PDF - 31 KB

Systematic Evaluation of CEPF and Capacity Development of CEPF Grantees

Grantee: FAUNA AND FLORA INTERNATIONAL

Work with the Tropical Biology Association to collaboratively run a series of region-wide capacity-building and networking events. This includes running the portfolio-level mid-term and final assessments, and purposefully connecting practitioners and providing them with tools to deliver successful conservation projects.

Amount $249,999
Grant Term 01/15 - 07/17

Strengthening the Conservation of the Gishwati Forest Reserve

Grantee: Forest of Hope Association

Working in the Gishwati Forest Reserve, a small forest reserve of just 1,484 hectares in Rwanda, the Forest of Hope Association is training community forest guards, local government officials, and surrounding communities in awareness about the reserve, rights and responsibilities, reserve protection and law enforcement.

Amount $79,937
Grant Term 07/14 - 06/17
Related News and Information Safeguard document 1 (PDF - 55 KB)
Safeguard document 2 (PDF - 41 KB)

Building Advocacy and Developing a Management Plan for the High Mountains of Ibb Protected Area

Grantee: Foundation for Endangered Wildlife (Yemen)

Lead inventories of the largely unknown biodiversity in the High Mountains of Ibb Protected Area and identify the most important sites and the level of threats in order to prepare participatory management plans. An important component of the grant is advocacy and awareness-raising activities with communities, government officials and traditional authorities, preparing the ground for the official protection of the most important parts of this key biodiversity area.

Amount $108,000
Grant Term 10/13 - 03/16
Project Documents - Final Report English (PDF - 3.7 MB)

Protecting Priority Conservation Sites in the Greater Mahale Ecosystem, Tanzania

Grantee: Frankfurt Zoological Society

Work with eight communities to form the Tongwe West Forest Protected Area in order to directly protect 120,488 hectares via the creation of village land forest reserves. The Frankfurt Zoological Society and Fauna & Flora International are receiving parallel grants to work in the Greater Mahale Landscape along the shores of Lake Tanganyika in western Tanzania.

Amount $260,271
Grant Term 07/13 - 12/16
Related News and Information Safeguard (PDF - 121 KB)

Consolidating and Scaling up Alternative Livelihoods and Forest Development and Protection - Sheka Forest KBA

Grantee: God for People Relief and Development Organisation

Apply joint forest management practices to raise awareness about the importance of conserving forests and wildlife in target indigenous ethnic community groups near Ethiopia’s Sheka Forest Key Biodiversity Area, particularly the Menja, Mezhenger, Sheko and other communities that have practiced forest cutting for years. Build capacity of the organized farming cooperatives and promote knowledge sharing and local-level networking with different stakeholders, including government, public, private and research institutions in the Sheka zone and beyond.

Amount $20,000
Grant Term 03/16 - 02/17

Scaling up Alternative Livelihoods and Forest Development and Protection Approaches in Bechi Peasant Association, Sheka Forest, Ethiopia

Grantee: God for People Relief and Development Organisation

Train 325 households from Peasant Associations of Bechi Kebele in participatory forest management principles and practices to contribute to a well-conserved Sheka Forest buffer zone in Ethiopia; and scale up alternative means of livelihoods income sources to target forest-dependent communities.

Amount $20,000
Grant Term 12/13 - 11/14
Project Documents - Final report, English (PDF - 2.8 MB)

Community Oriented In-situ and Ex-situ Conservation of Plant Species in Ethiopian Hotspot: Sheka Forest, Bonga Forest and Konso-Segen Areas

Grantee: Gullele Botanic Garden

Expand ex-situ conservation and education in Addis Ababa to include in-situ conservation and community engagement in three key biodiversity areas in Ethiopia: Semien Mountains National Park, Harena-Bale, Sheka-Bonga-Yayu biosphere reserves and Konso-Segen. Train people in three communities to better manage and restore 50 indigenous plant species on site, while also collecting genetic material for an additional 250 species to study and preserve at the garden headquarters in the capital city.

Amount $30,029
Grant Term 07/14 - 12/16

Building a Civil Society Advocacy Alliance to Support Government Agencies in South Kivu

Grantee: Horizon Nature

Inventory and monitor mining activities in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo, in relation to legal provisions of biodiversity conservation, mining laws and global mining standards; create a network of civil society organizations, NGOs, park authorities, local administration, and provincial officers responsible for mining, agriculture and the environment to advocate for better mining practices.

Amount $98,340
Grant Term 07/14 - 12/16

Strengthening Local Institutions in the Albertine Rift for Community Development and Conservation of the Mountain Gorilla in Rwanda and Uganda

Grantee: International Gorilla Conservation Programme

Engage people in community project planning and development and empower them to become more actively engaged in sustainable financing of community activities. Work in 63 villages in Rwanda and Uganda and train at least 30 people in techniques of community organization for village profiling and planning, and 40 people in project proposal writing and fundraising, producing a range of community project proposals that can be submitted to donor agencies.

Amount $19,710
Grant Term 11/13 - 12/14
Project Documents - Final report, English (PDF - 61 KB)

Study the Perceptions and Management of Customary Practices for Biodiversity in Communities Adjacent to Mount Namuli, Mozambique

Grantee: Khaiya

Produce a document that reflects the local communities' perceptions on biodiversity and their practical experiences in Mount Namuli, Mozambique. This document is expected to serve as a basis for the knowledge of local sociocultural dynamics for all actors who want to preserve biodiversity and improve the quality of life for Namuli communities.

Amount $19,030
Grant Term 11/15 - 07/16

Mainstreaming Biodiversity into District Development Planning and Improving Livelihoods in Ethiopia

Grantee: Lem, the Environment & Development Society of Ethiopia

Train community members in Ethiopia's Aliyu Amba–Dulecha Key Biodiversity Area in the link between agricultural activities and biodiversity conservation; promote better local development policy and planning; rehabilitate 460 hectares of degraded land; and build capacity in alternative livelihood activities.

Amount $149,399
Grant Term 03/15 - 06/17

Legado: Phase IV - Survey and Stakeholder Analysis at Mt Namuli KBA, Mozambique

Grantee: LUPA- ASSOCIATION FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Collect data and gain knowledge about how local communities interact with the natural resources around Mt. Namuli in Mozambique (through participatory rural appraisals). Train local community groups in conservation skills and coordinate meetings with government officials at the national, provincial and district level to promote the conservation and protection status of the Key Biodiversity Area.

Amount $20,000
Grant Term 07/16 - 06/17

Chyulu Hills Landscape REDD+ and Multiple Payment for Ecosystem Services Project

Grantee: Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust (MWCT)

Promote the sale of carbon credits, as part of a broader consortium, to generate income for the Chyulu Hills Key Biodiversity Area in southeastern Kenya.

Amount $100,000
Grant Term 05/16 - 07/17
Project Documents Indigenous peoples planning framework (PDF - 11.5 MB)

Protecting Biodiversity Through Conservation Agriculture in Lake Niassa, Mozambique

Grantee: Manda Wilderness Agricultural Project

Train community members from 15 villages on the shores of Lake Malawi/Niassa, a freshwater key biodiversity area, in biodiversity-friendly agricultural and agroforestry methods and techniques to increase the provision of habitat for endemic species that are crucial to the success and sustainability of ecological agriculture.

Amount $19,995
Grant Term 10/13 - 11/14
Project Documents - Final report, English (PDF - 45 KB)

Manda Wilderness Biodiversity Project Phase 2

Grantee: Manda Wilderness Community Trust

Work with several communities in northern Mozambique on the shores of Lake Malawi/Niassa, training people in sustainable agriculture techniques that improve productivity while reducing negative environmental impacts on the lake, a freshwater key biodiversity site.

Amount $139,325
Grant Term 04/15 - 03/17

Fostering Collaboration for Research and Future Common Initiatives Between Biosphere Reserves in the Western Ethiopian Afromontane Forest Corridor

Grantee: MELCA-Ethiopia

Improve coordination and collaboration between representatives and the technical staff of the three Biosphere Reserves of Kaffa, Yayu and Sheka forests in the Western Ethiopian Afromontane Forest Corridor. To encourage better conservation and sustainable development of the corridor, the project will involve zonal and regional administration, research centers and universities in order to work together more effectively on research and projects, and encourage information sharing and networking about key research projects' information, scientific works and stakeholder involvement.

Amount $8,540
Grant Term 01/14 - 12/14
Project Documents - Final report, English (PDF - 91 KB)

Sheka Forest Biosphere Reserve: Strengthening the Management System and Working with Nearby Communities on Bio-Cultural Learning and Livelihoods Development

Grantee: MELCA-Ethiopia

Support local community and local leaders to enforce the approved land use plan for the Sheka Forest Biosphere Reserve, and to develop economic activities compatible with the long-term conservation of the forest, such as beekeeping, spice gardens or sustainable animal husbandry. Movement for Ecological Learning and Community Action (MELCA) has worked in the Sheka Forest area since 2005, supporting local communities in the establishment of a Man and Biosphere Reserve that was approved by the Ethiopian government and endorsed by UNESCO in 2012.

Amount $117,229
Grant Term 06/13 - 11/14
Project Documents - Final report, English (PDF - 135 KB)
Related News and Information Safeguard Document (PDF - 1.9 MB)

Rapid faunal assessment (amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals) in the Nono-Sale and Garba-Dima forest priority areas, Ilu-Ababor zone, southwestern Ethiopia

Grantee: Mettu University, Ethiopia

Conduct land vertebrate survey in two intact Afromontane forests, Sale-Nono and Garba-Dima. During the survey the diversity, abundance and habitat associations of herpetofauna (amphibians and reptiles), mammals (small mammal, including bats, and large mammals) and birds will be assessed and recorded. The two forest ecosystems are unique and deserve special conservation by their own right, but the vertebrate species list they harbor will add the importance of these areas for the designation of higher level conservation category through establishing biosphere reserve or to gazette as National parks.

Amount $18,400
Grant Term 10/16 - 06/17

In From the Cold: Providing the Knowledge Base for Comprehensive Biodiversity Conservation in the Chimanimani Mountains, Mozambique

Grantee: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew ($69,415 grant), MICAIA Foundation ($80,993 grant)

Working closely with the Royal Botanical Gardens of Kew, the MICAIA Foundation will conduct a baseline botanical survey for the Mozambican highland areas of the Chimanimani Transfrontier Conservation Area (TFCA), inform local stakeholders so they are better able to act on biodiversity conservation priorities, and facilitate improved communication and collaboration between civil society organizations and formal governmental bodies in Mozambique and Zimbabwe in the context of the Chimanimani TFCA.

Amount $150,408
Grant Term 07/13 - 08/15
Project Documents - Final Report (PDF - 495 KB)

Transboundary Cooperation in the Chimanimani Mountains of Zimbabwe and Mozambique

Grantee: MICAIA FOUNDATION

Implement parallel and complementary grants (in conjunction with BirdLife Zimbabwe) on either side of the Chimanimani transboundary Key Biodiversity Area. Together the two groups will improve networking, skill development and knowledge sharing between the organizations and the communities working on either side of the border. The end result will be better-managed, formal protected areas and more sustainable use of the surrounding buffer zones.

Amount $65,000
Grant Term 01/16 - 07/17

Identifying a New Eastern Afromontane Key Biodiversity Area at Nou National Forest Reserve in Tanzania

Grantee: Missouri Botanical Garden

Work with the Tanzanian Botanical Research and Conservation Programme, Wildthings Ecology, the African Butterfly Research Institute, the Tanzania Forest Services and the World Conservation Monitoring Centre to research plants; primates; large and small mammals; reptiles; amphibians; birds; and butterflies to evaluate if Nou Forest Reserve qualifies as a new Eastern Afromontane Key Biodiversity Area. Look at trends (including forest cover), threats and current management effectiveness of the reserve.

Amount $19,983
Grant Term 07/16 - 06/17

Upgrade biodiversity importance status of Mount Hanang KBA in Tanzania

Grantee: Missouri Botanical Garden

Work with the Tanzanian Botanical Research and Conservation programme, Wildthings Ecology, the Tanzania Forest Services and World Conservation Monitoring Center to upgrade the biological priority status of the Mt. Hanang key biodiversity areas (KBA) in Tanzania (currently with a biological priority status of 4). Research plants, primates, large and small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and birds. The project will look at trends, threats and management effectiveness and will feed results into a new management plan of the KBA.

Amount $19,958
Grant Term 07/16 - 06/17

Misuku Hills Indigenous Forest Project

Grantee: Misuku Beekepeers Association

Conserve 1,000 hectares across six forest blocks within the Wilindi, Matipa and Mughese forest reserves of Malawi. This area is surrounded and used by 71 villages. The project seeks to strengthen community management of the reserves, promoting the regeneration of 100 hectares of forest, and provide training and equipment in beekeeping to 350 community members.

Amount $59,993
Grant Term 06/14 - 05/16
Project Documents - Final Report English (PDF - 277 KB)
Related News and Information Safeguard document (PDF - 213 KB)

Supporting Implementation of the Sheka Forest Biosphere Reserve Management Plan

Grantee: Movement for Ecological Learning and Community Action (MELCA) - Ethiopia

Work within the context of the recently approved 10-year management plan for the Sheka Forest Biosphere Reserve in Ethiopia. Delineate sacred sites for formal protection, supporting alternative livelihoods, promoting inter-generational learning and facilitating learning networks among biosphere reserve managers across the country.

Amount $100,000
Grant Term 04/16 - 06/17
Related News and Information Safeguard document (PDF - 98 KB)

Fish Inventory in Chimanimani Mountains Key Biodiversity Area, Mozambique

Grantee: Museu de Historia Natural de Maputo

Conduct a fish survey in Mozambique’s Chimanimani National Reserve in order to better understand which are the existing species living in the area, update the status of the already known species and, ultimately, enable a better management of these species in the reserve by disseminating the project results among local stakeholders and the scientific community.

Amount $20,000
Grant Term 07/16 - 06/16

Upgrade Biodiversity Importance Status of Zomba Mountains Key Biodiversity Area in Malawi

Grantee: National Herbarium and Botanic Gardens

Validate the occurrence of all literature-listed globally threatened (i.e., Critically Endangered, Endangered and Vulnerable) and endemic species of flora and fauna in Malawi’s Zomba Mountains Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) by carrying out targeted surveys for those species. The project will update the current biological priority status of the KBA from 4 to either 2 or 1; assess key threats to the ecosystem and threatened species found there; and recommend an improved and effective management and monitoring plan.

Amount $20,000
Grant Term 07/16 - 06/17

Upgrade biodiversity importance status of Chimanimani, Nyanga, Vumba and Chirinda Forest KBAs in Zimbabwe

Grantee: Natural History Museum of Zimbabwe

Determine the diversity and distribution of the Odonata species found in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe (Chimanimani Mountains, Nyanga, Vumba and Chirinda Forest Key Biodiversity Areas). Identify and assess the natural and anthropogenic threats facing Odonata species. Create awareness of the ecological research and conservation needs of Odonata species and their habitats.

Amount $19,985
Grant Term 07/16 - 06/17

Water Payment for Ecosystem Service Scheme in Mt Kenya

Grantee: Nature Kenya (The East Africa Natural History Society)

Promote a payment for ecosystem services scheme with the goal of facilitating financing agreements between four upstream community groups and two downstream corporate users. The project will generate the flow of KsH 50 million per year, supporting restoration of 2,000 hectares per year of forest area in Mt. Kenya National Park. The project will also improve the overall management of the 71,500 hectare national park and the 199,500 Mount Kenya Forest Reserve.

Amount $100,000
Grant Term 05/16 - 07/17

Strengthening Civil Society’s Engagement with the Private Sector in the Eastern Afromontane

Grantee: Nature Uganda

Facilitate participation of four CEPF grantees from the Eastern Afromontane biodiversity hotspot in the Pan-African Business and Biodiversity Forum in Ghana; organize a knowledge exchange meeting for grantees with projects in key biodiversity areas (KBAs) where the private sector also has operations and/or where there is an opportunity for green enterprise; and organize a side event to profile CEPF's engagement with the private sector, CEPF's broader commitment to KBA conservation and protection, and the mainstreaming of KBAs into policy and development planning.

Amount $19,775
Grant Term 09/15 - 02/16

Participatory Action to Safeguard Ecosystems and Enforce Environmental Impact Assessments in the Malagarasi River System Key Biodiversity Area, Tanzania

Grantee: Nyakitonto Youth for Development Tanzania

Work with Governance Links Tanzania to establish multi-stakeholder partnerships in the Malagarasi River System Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) and strengthen their capacity to coordinate, monitor and enforce environmental impact assessments (EIAs) and environmental conservation laws. Establish a task force and provide Governance Links Tanzania with the knowledge and tools needed to share information on developments in the KBA, including on issues related to compliance with EIA audits and suggested mitigation measures.

Amount $10,000
Grant Term 03/15 - 02/16
Project Documents - Final report, English (PDF - 145 KB)

Enhancing Public-private Partnership for the conservation of Sheka Biosphere Reserve

Grantee: Organisation for Social Development - Ethiopia

Enhance the private sector's role in conserving the environment of the Sheka Zone in Ethiopia by creating sustainable livelihoods for the local people and mainstreaming the environmental standards of their operations. The project will create a strong private sector network that,through coordination with government institutions, will enable them to work closely with decision-makers and influence the policy-making process with new and innovative ideas to conserve the environment.

Amount $20,000
Grant Term 03/16 - 02/17

Improved Protection of Kibira National Park by Increasing Civil Society's Accountability

Grantee: Organisation pour la défense de l’environnement au Burundi

Based on a social map produced by Resilience Now in a parallel project, the Organisation pour la défense de l'environnement au Burundi (ODEB) will identify and approach all local conservation and development groups around Kibira National Park, one of the priority key biodiversity areas (KBAs) in Burundi. ODEB will assess their capacities and capacity needs, and will organize a training workshop to fill some of the gaps. The workshop will also be used to exchange experiences and create new networks of civil society organizations working in and around the KBA.

Amount $9,769
Grant Term 08/14 - 10/14
Project Documents - Final report, French (PDF - 37 KB)

Community Based Biodiversity Conservation in Mount Guna Area

Grantee: Organization for Rehabilitation and Development in Amhara

Help establish a formally protected area in Ethiopia's Mount Guna Area using a participatory process, establishing 11 community bodies to advise on the management plan and help implement it. Raise awareness within local government agencies and communities; and support 110 households with training and equipment in alternative livelihood methods.

Amount $145,024
Grant Term 01/17 - 06/17
Related News and Information Safeguard Document (PDF - 109 KB)

Network Creation and Capacity Building in Yayu Biosphere Reserve

Grantee: Population Health and Environment Ethiopia Consortium

Create task forces in the Chora, Hurumu and Yayu districts of the Yayu Biosphere Reserve in Ethiopia to better manage the reserve, fostering relationships between local stakeholders and regional and federal decision-making structures. Train school children and families in conservation activities; provide post-harvest training to coffee and honey producer associations; train jobless youth in fuel briquette production; and lead members of parliament on tours of the biosphere reserve so they better understand its economic and social value to the country.

Amount $214,789
Grant Term 07/14 - 06/17
Related News and Information Project Brief (PDF - 199 KB)

Conserving Biodiversity Through Sustainable Tea Farming Around Kibira National Park, Burundi

Grantee: Rainforest Alliance, Inc.

Support the tea industry in Burundi and local tea producers in the Teza area to produce certified tea by promoting environmental best practices and introducing agricultural practices that minimize environmental impacts, such as reduced use of pesticides and soil conservation. Partner with the Association Burundaise de Protection des Oiseaux to implement activities on ecosystem restoration and to introduce native trees in agricultural systems in order to improve biological connectivity between natural habitats.

Amount $157,964
Grant Term 10/13 - 12/15
Project Documents - Final Report (PDF - 1835 KB)

Awareness and Capacity Development for Neighboring Populations of Kibira National Park to Improve Their Management of Arable Land and Wood Resources

Grantee: Resilience Now

Strengthen natural resource management practices in the fragile biodiversity area around Kibira National Park in Burundi, with a focus on energy and agriculture, and introduce the concept of permaculture to enhance local communities' resilience and their quality of life.

Amount $18,418
Grant Term 12/13 - 07/14
Project Documents - Final report, French (PDF - 140 KB)

Civil Society Engagement in and around Cyamudongo Forest and Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda

Grantee: Resilience Now

Work with communities living next to Burundi's Kibira National Park to reduce their impact on the park by providing training in business practices that leads to less intensive use of natural resources. Strengthen 15 community-based organizations to be able to function as business associations.

Amount $150,000
Grant Term 07/15 - 07/18

In From the Cold: Providing The Knowledge Base For Comprehensive Biodiversity Conservation in the Chimanimani Mountains, Mozambique

Grantee: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew ($69,415 grant), MICAIA Foundation ($80,993 grant)

Working closely with the MICAIA Foundation, the Royal Botanical Gardens of Kew will conduct a baseline botanical survey for the Mozambican highland areas of the Chimanimani Transfrontier Conservation Area (TFCA). This will enable MICAIA to then inform local stakeholders so they are better able to act on biodiversity conservation priorities and facilitate improved communication and collaboration between civil society organizations and formal governmental bodies in Mozambique and Zimbabwe in the context of the Chimanimani TFCA.

Amount $150,408
Grant Term 06/13 - 06/16
Project Documents Final Report Final Report, English (PDF - 557 KB)

Map the Remaining Unprotected Natural Forests and Assess Their Resources and Threats as a Roadmap to Conserve the Eastern Afromontane Biodiversity Hotspot in Ludewa, Tanzania

Grantee: SOKOINE UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE

Assess the Njombe Forest Region of southern Tanzania, mapping all remaining unprotected natural forests in Ludewa District, conducting a biodiversity survey of mapped forests to update information from existing baselines, assessing main threats and defining priority actions, and prioritizing surveyed forests to start a process for their protection.

Amount $79,033
Grant Term 06/15 - 03/17

Feasibility Study on the Value of Honey Bees for Sustainable Livelihood and Biodiversity Conservation: Case of Nyungwe Landscape, Rwanda

Grantee: Straightfoward Development Services Ltd.

Conduct a feasibility study on beekeeping opportunities around Nyungwe National Park Key Biodiversity Area in Rwanda. This pilot study will facilitate the development of a full project plan on the value of honeybees for livelihood improvement and biodiversity conservation, which will involve identification of melliferous (honey yielding) plants in order to provide reliable information regarding the important bee flora and to use as the basis for new areas of beekeeping development.

Amount $5,000
Grant Term 01/14 - 06/14
Project Documents - Final report, English (PDF - 49 KB)

Wof Washa Community-Based Ecotourism Project

Grantee: Sustainable Natural Resource Management Association

Develop five tourism cooperatives in the Wof Washa villages of Ethiopia and support training for eco-guides and identification of trails for wildlife watching. An umbrella organization, the Wof Washa Ecotourism Union is in charge of administration, quality standards enforcement and awareness activities with tour operators and the expatriate community of Addis Ababa, with a goal to attract 150 tourists each year.

Amount $177,693
Grant Term 01/14 - 06/17
Related News and Information Safeguard document (PDF - 2.3 MB)

Civil Society Alliance for Enhanced Implementation of Environmental Impact Assessments in Key Biodiversity Areas of the Albertine Rift Region

Grantee: Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS) ($210,000 grant), The Albertine Rift Conservation Society ($57,310 grant)

Enhance the capacities of civil society organizations throughout the Albertine Rift Region to improve the transparency of environmental impact assessment (EIA) policies and ensure that the legal participatory processes are well respected. The project will promote networking and alliance-building toward joint advocacy in EIA issues across the region, develop appropriate partnerships within and outside the Central Rift for effective NGO engagement in EIA advocacy, and develop a knowledge resource repository function linked to the ARCOS website and portal.

Amount $267,310
Grant Term 06/13 - 12/13
Project Documents - Final report, English (PDF - 988 KB)

The African Great Lakes Summit: Improving Conservation in the African Great Lakes Through Cross-Basin Collaboration

Grantee: THE NATURE CONSERVANCY

Promote cooperative and collaborative conservation management by countries in the African Great Lakes Region by establishing an African Great Lakes Summit Advisory Committee and Technical Committee, organizing an African Great Lakes Summit and creating a web-based African Great Lakes information platform.

Amount $150,000
Grant Term 07/15 - 06/17

Mapping Mara’s Threatened Raptors: Emergency Action to safeguard sensitive hotspots for threatened raptors in the Masai Mara National Reserve

Grantee: The Peregrine Fund – East Africa Project

Prevent the loss of nesting sites for the Critically Endangered species of raptors in Masai Mara Key Biodiversity Area, Kenya. Map known and newly discovered raptor nests to guide future development away from sensitive areas, and produce a Masai Mara Raptor Management and Conservation Action Plan, which will be presented to the local government and authorities to enhance safeguard measures. Publish a peer-reviewed paper and share data with other citizen science projects, including the African Raptor Data Bank and Kenya Bird Map.

Amount $10,000
Grant Term 02/16 - 01/17

Capacity Building on Environmental Safeguards and the Environmental Impact Assessment Process in Yemen

Grantee: The United Society for Developing Water Resources and Environment

Contribute to the conservation of key biodiversity areas (KBAs) and protected areas within the Eastern Afromontane Region in Yemen by reducing risks driven by unsustainable economic development and the ongoing economic shift toward unsustainable harvesting of biological resources. The project aims to strengthen grassroots organizations to support the enforcement and implementation of internationally accepted environmental safeguard policies and environmental impact assessment (EIA) systems and to advocate for mainstreaming biodiversity conservation in development planning in the KBAs in Yemen.

Amount $146,007
Grant Term 07/14 - 06/16
Project Documents - Final Report English (PDF - 360 KB)

Systematic Evaluation of CEPF and Capacity Development of CEPF Grantees

Grantee: Tropical Biology Association

Work with Fauna & Flora International to collaboratively run a series of region-wide capacity-building and networking events. This includes running the portfolio-level mid-term and final assessments, and purposefully connecting practitioners and providing them with tools to deliver successful conservation projects.

Amount $249,938
Grant Term 01/15 - 07/17

Watershed Biodiversity Mainstreaming in Chimanimani Mountains KBA, Zimbabwe

Grantee: TSURO Trust

Mainstream biodiversity into wider policies by facilitating a process of inclusive stakeholder consultation with the aim of establishing a joint district response strategy to mitigate the effects of climate change and loss of biodiversity in Zimbabwe’s Chimanimani-Nyanga corridor. Support community-based action groups in six watershed areas to carry out biodiversity awareness raising activities and implement related projects.

Amount $20,000
Grant Term 07/16 - 06/17

The Lost Mountain: Mt Namuli, Mozambique

Grantee: Ukalene Productions LLC

Coordinate and lead the inception of a long-term integrated conservation plan of Mt. Namuli and surrounding environs, one of the most significant, threatened and understudied massifs in the Eastern Afromontane Hotspot. In doing so, the goal is to build the capacity of local project partners and establish relationships among diverse stakeholders such that the conservation plan is sustainable in the long term and that it is carried out under the leadership of a Mozambican civil society organization with local buy-in and broad-based support.

Amount $20,000
Grant Term 09/13 - 10/14
Project Documents - Final report, English (PDF - 63 KB)

Preservation of the Environment in the Lake Niassa Key Biodiversity Area, Mozambique

Grantee: União dos Camponeses e Associações de Lichinga

Strengthen the capacities of the Comité de gestão de recursos naturais (CGRNs), the Committee of Management of Natural Resources; promote the use of environmentally-friendly stoves; reduce the level of erosion and uncontrolled logging in the area; and create nuclei for cleanliness and hygiene at tourist sites around Mozambique's Lake Niassa.

Amount $19,905
Grant Term 11/13 - 10/14
Project Documents - Final report, Portuguese (PDF - 1.5 MB)

Enhancing Ecosystem Conservation and Sustainable Community Based Ecotourism Development of Mount Guna, Ethiopia

Grantee: University of Gondar

Further strengthen the conservation efforts being made by previous grantees at Mt. Guna in Ethiopia by creating awareness programs, strengthening the sense of ownership by the local community, promoting community-based ecotourism and coordinating different sectors dealing with resource utilization and management.

Amount $20,000
Grant Term 03/16 - 02/17

Strengthen Emerging Conservation Efforts in Mount Guna Through Community-Based Ecotourism and Agroforestry

Grantee: University of Gondar

Preserve the remaining vegetation and begin restoring depleted areas in Mount Guna, Ethiopia, by developing sustainable management alternatives, including community-based ecotourism and agroforestry that ensure ecosystem conservation and improved livelihoods for local communities.

Amount $18,663
Grant Term 01/15 - 06/16

Increasing the protection status of a highly vulnerable key biodiversity area through developing new management plan in Wadela, Ethiopia

Grantee: University of Gondar - Climate Change Research Center (CCRC)

Improve the status of Lagarosiphon steudneri, classified as threatened on the IUCN Red List and defined as a single-site endemic plant species in Wadela in the central highlands of Ethiopia. Through the development of a management plan and in close collaboration with the local community, reduce pressure on the site caused by expansion of agriculture, livestock overstocking and overharvesting of natural resources.

Amount $20,000
Grant Term 03/16 - 02/17

Implementing Adaptive Conservation Strategies at Mount Chiperone Key Biodiversity Area, Mozambique

Grantee: Verde Azul

Work with local communities located in Mount Chiperone Key Biodiversity Area to reduce pressure on natural resources and ecosystems by supporting the development of agro-forestry systems on the slope of the inselberg and mainstreaming conservation agriculture practices among local farmers in the flatlands. Ultimately, the project aims to develop a sustainable model of agriculture in the area that will support local livelihoods and enable community members to avoid further degradation of the inselberg fragile ecosystem.

Amount $19,580
Grant Term 08/16 - 06/17

Participatory Process for Conservation: Implementing a Socio-Ecological Baseline in Mount Chiperone Key Biodiversity Area, Mozambique

Grantee: Verde Azul

Develop a conservation program at Mount Chiperone Key Biodiversity Area in Mozambique, which includes a participatory rural appraisal assessment to understand and analyze the local communities' knowledge of ecosystem services, their perception of biodiversity conservation, and their livelihood strategies, leading to a proposed plan of action; complete a series of feasibility studies to evaluate which of the proposed activities are feasible for implementation, considering social, environmental, economical and political factors, as well as long-term sustainability; and identify funding sources for the implementation of the conservation program.

Amount $10,140
Grant Term 07/15 - 06/16

Developing the Capacity of Civil Society Organizations for Biodiversity Conservation and Management in the Imatong Mountains of South Sudan

Grantee: WETLANDS INTERNATIONAL

Build the capacity of 10 environmental and development civil society organizations in the Imatong Mountains of south Sudan to engage effectively in biodiversity management and conservation. This will be done based on a capacity assessment of non-governmental organizations working in the area; identifying and designing training modules; coordinating two interactive training sessions for 20 participants using the developed modules; production of communication materials; and the development of a longer-term conservation program.

Amount $19,173
Grant Term 01/14 - 03/15
Project Documents - Final report, English (PDF - 182 KB)

Upgrade Biodiversity Importance Status of Dedza Forest Reserve Key Biodiversity Area in Malawi

Grantee: Wildlife Action Group

Implement a baseline tree and orchid inventory in Dedza-Salima Forest Reserve and a complete orchid survey of Thuma Forest Reserve in Malawi. Using these lists, demonstrate the need to incorporate Thuma into the Dedza-Salima Forest Reserve Key Biodiversity Area (KBA), as well as potentially raise the biological priority of the KBA due to the presence of previously undocumented orchid species. Provide training for scouts in vegetation identification to implement more systematic monitoring and management of the newly extended KBA.

Amount $18,779
Grant Term 07/16 - 06/17

Conservation and Forest Management in the Mafinga Hills Priority Key Biodiversity Area of Zambia

Grantee: Wildlife and Environmental Conservation Society of Zambia

Work to help implement the initial stages of the Conservation Action Plan for the Mafinga Hills in Zambia. This will include informing local communities of prohibitions against slash-and-burn within protected landscapes, cultivation and planting of native tree species on 400 hectares of riparian corridor, training 45 residents from three villages in beekeeping, and facilitating sales agreements between the communities and purchasers of honey.

Amount $130,000
Grant Term 09/16 - 08/18

Mafinga Hills Conservation Programme, Zambia

Grantee: Wildlife and Environmental Conservation Society of Zambia

Use formative research to identify key threats to the Mafinga Hills Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) in Zambia and develop locally-driven environmental interventions that address these key threats. Use a three-step approach to identify biodiversity knowledge gaps and conservation issues; engage a wide range of stakeholders; and develop an environmental action plan for Mafinga Hills KBA.

Amount $19,982
Grant Term 07/15 - 12/15

Advocating for Awareness of Forest Degradation and Policies and Procedures in Conducting Environmental Impact Assessments in and around Ntchisi Mountain and Dedza Mountain Forest Reserves

Grantee: Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi-Dwangwa Branch

Promote the better management of Malawi's Ntchisi Mountain and Dedza Mountain forest reserves, a combined 3,462 hectares of community-managed multi-use forest land. Train community members and Department of Forestry personnel in environmental impact assessment laws and procedures.

Amount $149,988
Grant Term 07/14 - 06/17

Designing Management and Monitoring Plans for the Livingstone Mountain Forests

Grantee: Wildlife Conservation Society

Work with the community managers of four forest reserves in Tanzania’s Livingstone Mountain Region, Madenge, Mdandu, Mshola and Sakaranyuma, to improve community buy-in and engagement for forest conservation activities and a reduction in direct and indirect threats via environmental education activities. The goal is to reach at least half of each village, totaling 7,300 people across seven villages. Coordinate with village environmental committees to demarcate and protect corridors between the forest reserves.

Amount $185,403
Grant Term 02/15 - 02/17
Related News and Information Safeguard document 1 (PDF - 30 KB)
Safeguard document 2 (PDF - 37 KB)

Establishing Honey as a Viable Alternative Livelihood Across the Northern Lake Nyasa Mountain Complex, Tanzania

Grantee: WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY

Promote the active engagement of communities in eastern Tanzania within the catchment to Northern Lake Nyasa by creating a long-term and sustainable benefit to local natural resource user groups, specifically through the creation and promotion of the Southern Highlands Honey Cooperative. Cooperative members conduct beekeeping in villages adjacent to the Livingstone, Rungwe and Proto Ridge key biodiversity areas (KBAs). In exchange for the support that members receive as part of the cooperative, they personally promise to no longer engage in illegal hunting or harvesting within the KBAs and to serve as local environmental leaders in their villages.

Amount $149,855
Grant Term 11/13 - 10/16

Establishment and Management of the Itombwe Massif and Misotshi-Kabogo as New Protected Areas in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Grantee: WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY

Establish two important protected areas in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, in the Itombwe Massif and the Ngamikka Forest. Working closely with local communities and the Congolese authorities, the project team gathers the necessary data and ensures the legal requirements are fulfilled; and organizes consultations with local communities to ensure their rights and their vision are fully taken into account. For both sites, preliminary management plans will be prepared in consultation with local communities. Determine the feasibility of REDD+ at both sites as a means to sustainably cover the costs associated with conservation of the protected areas and some local development needs.

Amount $187,300
Grant Term 07/13 - 12/15
Project Documents - Final Report (PDF - 2740 KB)
Related News and Information Safeguard document 1 (PDF - 144 KB)
Safeguard document 2 (PDF - 355 KB)
Safeguard document 2 (PDF - 95 KB)

Protecting the Ngamikka-Luama Landscape by Establishing Infrastructure and Capacity

Grantee: Wildlife Conservation Society (wcs)

Build a park headquarters and guard stations, train senior staff and field officers, and develop a 10-year landscape management plan that leads to better conservation of almost 450,000 hectares of woodland and gallery forest in Ngamikka Park and Luama Katanga Reserve in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Amount $199,582
Grant Term 06/14 - 12/16
Related News and Information Safeguard document 1
Safeguard document 2
Safeguard document 3
Safeguard document 4

Assisting EWNHS with the strategic roll-out of the CEPF investment in Ethiopia

Grantee: ZESMAN Consultancy

Assist the Ethiopian Wildlife and Natural History Society with the implementation of the CEPF program in Ethiopia, with a focus on technical and institutional support to grantees, in order to achieve successful project outputs and outcomes.

Amount $20,000
Grant Term 02/16 - 06/17

Capacity-Building workshops in Ethiopia for CEPF grantees

Grantee: ZESMAN Consultancy

Conduct two capacity-building workshops in Ethiopia (in 2015 and 2016) for past, current and future CEPF grantees on Project Design, Management, Monitoring; Evaluation and Financial Management to ensure effective implementation of CEPF-funded grants.

Amount $12,793
Grant Term 11/15 - 06/16

Improved Community and Ecological Resilience for the Guassa Community Conservation Area

Grantee: Zoologische Gesellschaft Frankfurt

Work to strengthen the conservation and management of rare and endangered species of fauna and flora, including endemic and globally significant biodiversity, within the Guassa Community Conservation Area of Ethiopia.

Amount $149,213
Grant Term 01/14 - 12/16
Related News and Information Safeguard document 1 (PDF - 98 KB)
Safeguard document 2 (PDF - 873 KB)