CEPF's investment in the Cape Floristic Region Biodiversity Hotspot was guided by the following strategic directions as outlined in the ecosystem profile.

  1. Support civil society involvement in the establishment of protected areas and management plans in biodiversity corridors.
    • 1.1 Through civil society efforts identify and design innovative mechanisms and strategies for conservation of private, corporate or communal landholdings within biodiversity corridors.
    • 1.2 Support private sector and local community participation in the development and implementation of management plans for biodiversity corridors.
    • 1.3 Especially within the Gouritz and Cederberg corridors, identify priority landholdings requiring immediate conservation action.
  2. Promote innovative private sector and community involvement in conservation in landscapes surrounding biodiversity corridors.
    • 2.1 Promote civil society efforts to establish and support biodiversity-based businesses among disadvantaged groups, in particular in areas surrounding the Gouritz and Baviaanskloof corridors.
    • 2.2 Implement best practices within industries affecting biodiversity (e.g., the wine and flower industries).
  3. Support civil society efforts to create an institutional environment that enables effective conservation action.
    • 3.1 Support civil society efforts to consolidate data to support appropriate land use and policy decisions.
    • 3.2 Support civil society initiatives to integrate biodiversity concerns into policy and local government procedures in priority municipalities.
    • 3.3 Improve coordination among institutions involved in conservation of biodiversity corridors through targeted civil society interventions.
  4. Establish a small grants fund to build capacity among institutions and individuals working on conservation.
    • 4.1 Support internships and training programs to raise capacity for conservation, particularly targeting previously disadvantaged groups.
    • 4.2 Support initiatives to increase technical capacity of organizations involved in conservation, particularly in relation to the priority geographic areas.
  5. Reinforce and sustain the conservation gains achieved as a result of the initial 5-year CEPF investment in this region.
    • 5.1 Consolidate and strengthen implementation efforts for corridor conservation.
    • 5.2 Improve project development and implementation through support to grassroots communities.
    • 5.3 Support the sharing of lessons learned across and beyond corridors.
    • 5.4 Engage with the business sector.
    • 5.5 Develop capacity in implementing agencies.
    • 5.6 Secure support from government.

Read more about CEPF's strategy in the hotspot in our ecosystem profile (PDF - 1.3 MB).