A few women, and one man, in brightly colored clothing. Woman in front is holding plant and smiling at camera.
Participants of a CEPF-funded climate change resilience workshop in Burundi.
© Resilience Now – Florence Gibert

CEPF and gender

Gender can influence who uses, has access to and owns natural resources. Therefore, considering gender can help determine who participates in and benefits from a conservation project. These considerations can ultimately increase a project's long-term success.

For these reasons, CEPF developed a gender policy and strives to ensure that when we engage civil society in protecting biodiversity hotspots, we do so using a gender-responsive approach. This means that CEPF Secretariat staff, regional implementation teams and grantees aim to understand and consider the different roles of men and women in CEPF-related activities at all levels. Gender issues and considerations are actively incorporated throughout the grant-making process, and we monitor progress on gender-related outcomes.

CEPF's gender policy

Introduced in 2016, the gender policy describes why incorporating gender into conservation is important to CEPF and details our commitment to integrating gender into the projects that we fund.

Gender Toolkit

The Gender Toolkit was launched in 2018 and is a comprehensive resource for CEPF grantees and other conservationists, offering guidance on how to integrate gender into conservation work at each stage of a project. 

Gender Factsheet

This two-page factsheet gives a quick overview of gender as it relates to CEPF as well as advice for grant applicants.

Gender tracking tool

In 2017, CEPF created a gender tracking tool for grantees to self-assess if, and to what extent, gender considerations are integrated into their program and operations. CEPF requires all grantees to complete a gender tracking tool at the start and end of their projects.

If you have questions about CEPF and gender, contact us at cepfmeou@cepf.net.