CEPF's investment in the Atlantic Forest Biodiversity Hotspot was guided by the following strategic directions as outlined in the ecosystem profile.

  1. Stimulate landscape management initiatives led by civil society in Central and Serra do Mar corridors.
    • 1.1 Support civil society initiatives that evaluate spatial relationships in land use, local biodiversity, and the dynamics of fragments within a corridor context.
    • 1.2 Support projects led by civil society that focus on low-impact land use, such as ecotourism.
    • 1.3 Promote economic incentives that contribute to conservation.
    • 1.4 Support efforts to disseminate and increase technical knowledge of innovative tools for reforestation through civil society and recuperation of degraded areas.
    • 1.5 Compile and analyze biodiversity knowledge within and between forest fragments for conservation planning and management of biodiversity corridors.
    • 1.6 Support civil society efforts to establish management strategies for endemic, endangered, and critically endangered species.
    • 1.7 Support efforts to build institutional capacity of civil society.
    • 1.8 Strengthen public awareness of biodiversity issues from a civil society perspective.
  2. Improve management of existing and future public protected areas through targeted civil society efforts.
    • 2.1 Support activities led by civil society participants that increase viability, connectivity and forest cover in buffer zones of protected areas.
    • 2.2 Compile and analyze biodiversity knowledge in protected areas for conservation planning and management.
    • 2.3 Support efforts to establish management strategies for endangered and critically endangered species in protected areas.
  3. Increase the number of private protected areas through civil society efforts.
    • 3.1 Stimulate the creation and implementation of RPPNs in the two biodiversity corridors.
    • 3.2 Together with the SOS Mata Atlântica Foundation and FUNBIO, catalyze and operationalize an “Action Plan and Alliance” to support management and administration of RPPNs.
  4. Create an action fund to improve civil society identification and management of critical habitats.
    • 4.1 Create action fund to build the capacity of nongovernmental organizations, grassroots initiatives, community outreach, and other small-scale efforts to improve management of critical habitats.
    • 4.2 Provide small-scale support for projects and interventions in habitat of endangered and critically endangered species outside the two biodiversity corridors.
  5. Reinforce and sustain the conservation gains achieved as a result of the initial five-year CEPF investment in this region.
    • 5.1 Capacity building for local institutions in the biodiversity corridors.
    • 5.2 Improve the management effectiveness of protected areas.

Read more about CEPF's strategy in the hotspot in our ecosystem profile (PDF - 1.6 MB), also available in Portuguese (PDF - 1.9 MB).