Protecting Nature's Hotspots for people and prosperity

World Parks Congress


The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress 2014, taking place from November 12-19 at the Sydney Olympic Park in Australia, builds on the theme “Parks, people, planet: inspiring solutions” by serving as a global forum to share knowledge and innovation on protected areas. 

The IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 will:
  • Articulate the vital role of protected areas in conserving nature while delivering essential ecosystem services
  • Position protected areas within goals of economic and community well-being, and
  • Demonstrate how this can be achieved in practice 
The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) brings together visionary donors to support civil society to improve biodiversity in the most threatened areas of the world. To date, CEPF has supported more than 1,900 civil society grantee partners in more than 80 countries and territories for projects that not only implement CEPF’s conservation strategies, but that have also established 13 million hectares of new or expanded protected areas and improved management of an additional 35 million hectares of globally important lands. 

CEPF is participating in multiple events at the IUCN World Parks Congress, including:
  • November 15, “Small Grants Mechanism Day.” This is a three-part event hosted at the Conservation Finance Pavilion.
    See brochure​ (PDF - 289 KB)

    • 7:00-8:30am, Small grants: Effective financial mechanisms for protected areas. Presentations from small-grant funds illustrating what we do, how we’re different, how we’re similar and how we complement each other.

    • 12:00-1:30pm, Conservation with small grants: The view of the grantees. Small grantees will share their experience on how accessing our funds helps them advance the protected area agenda and play a key role supporting the conservation of biodiversity.

    • 7:00-8:30pm, Small grants: High level panel of donor views. Cocktail reception with high-level representatives from our donors and partners discussing how small grants funds help reach out to civil society and advance the donors’ targets of resource mobilization and supporting the Aichi Targets​. Key speakers include Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity; Gustavo Fonseca, Team Leader of the Natural Resources, Global Environment Facility; and Valerie Hickey, Practice Manager of Environment, The World Bank.

  • November 15, 5:30-7:00pm, “Buy One, Get One Free.” This event on Saturday, November 15 from 5:30-7:00pm (Hub Room 2, Corner Sydney Showground & Murray Rose Ave) will feature the launch of the summary strategy for the Great Lakes in East and Central Africa.
    See invitation (PDF – 1.24 MB)

  • November 16, 7:00-9:30pm, “35 Wonders of the World Exhibition.” A cocktail reception on Sunday, November 16 from 7:00-9:30pm hosted by the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ​and Domain Trust, in partnership with CEPF and l'Agence Française de Développement, to celebrate the opening of the 35 Wonders of the World​, an exhibition of images from biodiversity hotspots by some of the world’s premier nature photographers.
    See invitation​ (PDF – 406 KB)

  • November 18, 12:00-1:30pm​, “Mediterranean Landscape: Financing approaches for marine conservation.” A panel discussion hosted by MedPAN at the Conservation Finance Pavilion on Tuesday, November 18 from 12:00-1:30pm. 
Other materials related to CEPF and the World Parks Congress:

Ecosystem Profile Summary Brochures
Caribbean Islands Biodiversity Hotspot
English (PDF - 3.8 MB) / French (PDF - 3.9 MB) / Spanish (PDF - 4 MB)

East Melanesian Islands Biodiversity Hotspot
English (PDF - 3.4 MB) / French (PDF - 3.4 MB)

Eastern Afromontane Biodiversity Hotspot
English (PDF - 2.5 MB) / French (PDF - 2.6 MB)​ / Arabic (PDF - 1.1 MB)

Indo-Burma Biodiversity Hotspot
English​ (PDF - 3.3 KB)

Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany Biodiversity Hotspot
English (PDF - 3 MB) / Portuguese (PDF - 3 MB)

Mediterranean Basin Biodiversity Hotspot
English (PDF - 3 MB) / French (PDF - 3 MB) / Arabic​ (PDF 1.3 MB)​​​​​​​​​​