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CEPF envisions a world where vibrant ecosystems support, and are supported by, thriving communities. Our grants to civil society organizations in the world's biodiversity hotspots are designed to build this future. It will be a long journey, but CEPF’s amazing grantees are making progress.

Undulating, green hills with storym sky.
Bahoruco Oriental, Dominican Republic.
© Sociedad Ornitológica de la Hispaniola/photo by Jorge Brocca
Since CEPF began making grants in 2001, its grantees have made significant contributions to safeguarding the biodiversity hotspots, developing sustainable livelihoods for local people, and strengthening local conservation leadership. The following data demonstrate their impact.

US$
224
Million

In Grants Awarded

2,200
Grantees

In Over
92
Countries And Territories

1,250
Species

Globally Threatened Species Supported

45.7 million hectares

Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) with strengthened management (larger than Japan)

KBAs are sites that contribute significantly to the global persistence of biodiversity. CEPF uses KBAs as the lens for selecting geographic priorities for conserving species.

To qualify as “strengthened,” an area must have benefited from one or more of a range of actions that contribute to improved management, such as increased patrolling, invasive species control or eradication or introduction of sustainable agricultural/fisheries practices. CEPF grantees also have contributed to the creation of 14.8 million hectares of protected areas. 

US$371 million

Additional conservation funding leveraged by CEPF grants

CEPF encourages, and works to empower, its grantees to generate additional funding themselves, enabling them to extend the scope of their work and ensure that the solutions they have put in place will last. In many cases, their experience in successfully managing grants from CEPF opens doors to other funding organizations.

2,804 Communities

Directly benefiting from CEPF-funded projects

Communities have received livelihood benefits such as improved access to clean water, improved land tenure and increased representation in decision-making processes. Additionally, more than 42,900 individuals have received cash benefits and more than 100,000 received training to boost nutrition, expand agricultural production and achieve other improvements.

A group of men and women dig to remove invasive plants in a wetland as several birds fly overhead.
Volunteers eradicate invasive plants and remove rubbish on a mudflat in Leizhou, Guangdong, China.
© Ye Zhi-ying
CEPF's Latest Impact Report
Get more details on the difference CEPF's grantees are making. Their actions conserve ecosystems, support communities and contribute to global conservation and sustainable development goals.
Cover of Impact Report Fact sheet that includes a photo of a frog.
Summary of the Impact Report
For a quick review of CEPF's impact, check out this two-page summary of the Impact Report.