Through grants totaling more than $220 million and technical assistance to over 2,200 civil society organizations and individuals, we have taken action to conserve more than 1,250 species in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, and strengthened the management and protection of 45.7 million hectares of Key Biodiversity Areas. Our grantees have also contributed to the establishment of 14.8 million hectares of new protected areas, and the improved management of 8 million hectares of production landscape—areas where agriculture, forestry or natural product harvesting occur.

What makes us unique

By supporting development of conservation strategies for the biodiversity hotspots that are driven by local input, and providing grants to civil society—nongovernmental, private sector and academic organizations—to implement those strategies, CEPF seeks to protect biodiversity, build long-term local conservation leadership and nurture sustainable development.

These strategies also are designed to be valuable to other entities working to conserve the hotspots, and often lead to collaboration and coordination with other organizations and governments.

CEPF's investments are especially important because the hotspots are home to more than 1 billion people, millions of whom are impoverished and highly dependent on nature for survival.

Our donor partners

The fund is a joint program of l’Agence Française de Développement, Conservation International, the European Union, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan and the World Bank.

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Biodiversity + Civil Society: The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund