CEPF's investment in the Indo-Burma Biodiversity Hotspot is guided by the following strategic directions as outlined in the ecosystem profile.

1. Safeguard priority globally threatened species by mitigating major threats.

1.1 Sustain long-term conservation programs for core populations of priority species.

1.2 Reestablish viable wild populations of priority species in line with global guidelines.

1.3 Conduct research on globally threatened species for which there is a need for greatly improved information on status and distribution.

1.4 Research and pilot innovative funding sources for species conservation.

1.5 Support species champions at the community level to implement locally identified actions for priority species.

2. Mitigate zoonotic disease risks by reducing illegal trade and consumption of and threats to wildlife.

2.1 Support enforcement agencies to unravel high-level wildlife trade networks by promoting the application of global best practice with investigations, intelligence and informants.

2.2 Facilitate collaboration among enforcement agencies involved in combatting illegal wildlife trade, as well as with other sectors as part of a One Health approach.

2.3 Work with private and state-owned companies, with a particular focus on logistics and online platforms, to reduce their involvement in wildlife trafficking.

2.4 Support targeted campaigns to reduce demand and mobilize public participation in detecting and reporting wildlife crime.

2.5 Understand and support action to address linkages between biodiversity and human health, including the role of biodiversity loss in the emergence of zoonotic diseases.

4. Empower local communities to engage in conservation and management of priority sites.

4.1 Support communities to analyze conservation issues and inform them about rights and opportunities related to natural resource management and conservation.

4.2 Pilot, amplify and develop sustainability mechanisms for community forests, community fisheries and community-managed protected areas through authentic, community-led processes.

4.3 Develop co-management mechanisms for protected areas that enable community participation in zoning, management and governance.

4.4 Revise Key Biodiversity Area identification in the hotspot using the new Key Biodiversity Area standard.

4.5 Undertake third-party evaluation of project impacts in the priority sites.

6. Demonstrate scalable approaches for integrating biodiversity and ecosystem services into development planning in the priority corridors.

6.1 Analyze development policies, plans and programs; evaluate their impact on biodiversity and ecosystem services, and propose and actively support the application of alternative development scenarios, nature-based solutions and mitigation measures.

6.2 Develop demonstration projects for ecosystem restoration, with protocols suitable for replication.

6.3 Engage the media in order to increase awareness, inform public debate and influence decision making on mainstreaming biodiversity into development planning.

6.4 Pilot and scale-up models for biodiversity-friendly production, including certification and eco-labelling.

8. Strengthen the capacity of civil society to work on biodiversity, communities and livelihoods at regional, national, local and grassroots levels.

8.1 Support networking mechanisms that enable collective civil society responses to priority and emerging threats.

8.2 Provide core support for the sustainable organizational and technical capacity development of domestic civil society organizations.

8.3 Establish mechanisms to match volunteers to civil society organizations’ training needs.

11. Provide strategic leadership and effective coordination of conservation investment through a regional implementation team.

11.1 Build a broad constituency of civil society groups working across institutional and political boundaries towards achieving the shared conservation goals described in the ecosystem profile.

Read more about CEPF's strategy in the hotspot in chapter 12 of our ecosystem profile (PDF - 32 MB).

Note: To facilitate cross-referencing, numbering of strategic directions and investment priorities in the CEPF niche (six strategic directions) follows that in the overall strategy (11 strategic directions).