Black and white butterfly rests on a colorful flower.
Butterfly, Chilmá Bajo, Ecuador, part of the Tumbes-Chocó-Magdalena Biodiversity Hotspot.
© José María Loaiza - Fundación ALTROPICO

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.

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 report, "Advancing the Targets," highlights CEPF grantee contributions to the Aichi Targets and illustrates how civil society (nongovernmental organizations) are essential partners in our global efforts to conserve biodiversity.

Our annual Impact Report also provides data on contributions to the Aichi Targets. A few examples: 

CBD Aichi Biodiversity Target CEPF Grantee Contributions to Target CEPF Contributions

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. 

Hundreds of thousands of people have increased awareness of the value of biodiversity.

At least 67,000 people benefited from training in biodiversity, conservation and related topics. 

CEPF has supported a total of 249 projects with a primary focus on education and awareness, valued at more than $27 million.

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 grantees have influenced 161 policies, laws or regulations in 21 biodiversity hotspots, 141 of which are supported by legislation.

CEPF has supported a total of 113 projects in 22 hotspots with a primary focus on mainstreaming biodiversity, through grants totaling nearly $24 million.

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 1,200 IUCN Red List species have benefited from CEPF grantee efforts.

CEPF has supported 210 projects with a primary emphasis on species conservation, with grants totaling $18 million.