CEPF
Protecting Nature's Hotspots for people and prosperity

Lessons Learned

This section features our grant recipients and other partners sharing lessons learned and how they adapted in response.


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Though CEPF grantee the University of Queensland did not meet their objective of capturing images of giant rats in the Solomon Islands, the project was still a success.
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With help from a CEPF grant, MIO - ECSDE set out to protect the Drin River Basin in the Mediterranean Basin biodiversity hotspot. The end results exceeded their expectations.​
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In the Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany Hotspot, CEPF supported civil society to apply innovative approaches to conservation. Three areas of focus included biodiversity stewardship, partnerships with local government and civil society organizations, and community conservation.
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"We envisage a world that has sufficient intact natural ecosystems and wilderness areas that are valued and effectively protected for the benefit of all species."
- Wilderness Foundation
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"Some of the emerging science is providing useful insights into two issues, climate change vulnerability and ecosystem services, that are directly related to CEPF’s work to protect the ​world’s hotspots."
- Ian Gordon, consultant for BirdLife International
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AERF "It is important for NGOs to remember that partnerships can be mutually beneficial as long as there is mutual trust and respect, non-conflicting interests and an ability to share a broad perspective."
- Jayant Sarnaik, deputy director of AERF
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Wildlife Conservation Society "We plan to empower the community management committees to increase the extent to which they are involved in protected are​​a management, increase local community incomes from conservation, and...bring conservation interventions...to a point of financial and organizational sustainability."
- Tom Clements, director of the WCS Cambodia Program
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Creation of the Bubby Stone Trail "What we are trying to do with this project is try to find the very fine line between environmental protection and livelihoods for the community. We hope that the transformation of the Kamacrabou Mountains and Bubby Stone can help people in the community make a living."
- Simeon Greene, project manager, Diamond Village Community Heritage Organisation
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Conservation International "I personally hope that many Cambodians as well as tourists will come to our center and learn about the importance of turtle conservation and how they can help to save these precious species."
- Yoeung Sun, CI's Mekong project associate
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Wildlife Conservation Society "This project helped safeguard India's wildlife legacy by enabling capacity building and effective conservation action by individuals.”
- Samba Kumar, joint director of science and conservation with WCS
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