What is the Convention on Biological Diversity?
The U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is an international treaty—signed by 196 parties—supporting the conservation of the variety of life on Earth.
Why is this important? Because biodiversity is crucial for sustainable development and human well-being. At least 40 percent of the world’s economy and 80 percent of the needs of the poor are derived from biological resources. Fresh water, food, raw materials, medicines, climate regulation … all are underpinned by biological diversity.
CEPF works with the signatories of the CBD, nongovernmental organizations and communities in the world’s biodiversity hotspots to establish long-term, locally led conservation initiatives that guide sustainable use and equitable sharing of the benefits of biodiversity.
The parties to the convention have an enormous challenge ahead of them to achieve the Convention’s 2011-2020 Strategic Plan for Biodiversity, also known as the Aichi Targets, and every step taken towards these targets is important.
How CEPF's Grantees are helping
To date, CEPF has supported more than 2,200 civil society grantee partners in more than 90 countries and territories for projects that not only implement CEPF’s conservation strategies, but also make significant contributions to the Aichi Targets. Our annual Impact Report provides data on contributions to the Aichi Targets. A few examples:
Target 1. By 2020, at the latest, people are aware of the values of biodiversity and the steps they can take to conserve and use it sustainably.
- More than 100,00 people have benefited from training in biodiversity, conservation and related topics.
- CEPF has supported a total of 438 projects with a primary emphases education and awareness, and capacity building, valued at US$30,577,777.
Target 2. By 2020, at the latest, biodiversity values have been integrated into national and local development and poverty reduction strategies and planning processes and are being incorporated into national accounting, as appropriate, and reporting systems.
- CEPF has influenced 175 policies, laws or regulations in 24 biodiversity hotspots.
- CEPF has supported a total of 139 projects in 24 hotspots with a primary focus on mainstreaming biodiversity, valued at US$13,904,439.
Target 12. By 2020 the extinction of known threatened species has been prevented and their conservation status, particularly of those most in decline, has been improved and sustained.
- At least 1,250 species have benefited from CEPF support.
- CEPF has supported 223 projects with a primary emphasis on species conservation, totaling US$20,142,041.