CEPF's investment in the Mediterranean Basin Biodiversity Hotspot is guided by the following strategic directions as outlined in the ecosystem profile.

  1. Support civil society to engage stakeholders in demonstrating integrated approaches for the preservation of biodiversity in coastal areas.
    • 1.1 Engage local stakeholders in conservation actions that address threats to key elements of biodiversity in priority Key Biodiversity Areas in the coastal zone.
    • 1.2 Engage private sector stakeholders to adopt sustainable practices that deliver positive impacts for conservation in priority Key Biodiversity Areas in the coastal zone.
    • 1.3 Support civil society to engage with local or national governments to mainstream biodiversity conservation into integrated coastal zone management, land-use and development planning processes.
  2. Support the sustainable management of water catchments through integrated approaches for the conservation of threatened freshwater biodiversity.
    • 2.1 Enhance the knowledge base on freshwater biodiversity and the importance of freshwater ecosystem services.
    • 2.2 Take action to reduce threats and improve management of selected sites in priority freshwater catchments with the participation of local stakeholders.
    • 2.3 Engage with government, private sector and other stakeholders to support integrated river basin management practices that reduce threats to biodiversity in priority catchment management zones.
  3. Promote the maintenance of traditional land use practices necessary for the conservation of Mediterranean biodiversity in priority corridors of high cultural and biodiversity value.
    • 3.1 Support local communities to increase the benefit they receive from maintaining and enhancing traditional, biodiversity-friendly land-use and agricultural practices.
    • 3.2 Promote awareness of the value of traditional, biodiversity-friendly& land-use practices among local community and government decision makers, to secure their recognition and support.
    • 3.3 Encourage business actors in the trade chain to support and promote traditional, biodiversity-friendly land-use practices.
  4. Strengthen the engagement of civil society to support the conservation of plants that are critically endangered or have highly restricted ranges.
    • 4.1 Increase knowledge and skills to support assessment and planning for the conservation of plants, and foster the emergence of a new generation of young professionals in plant conservation.
    • 4.2 Support integration of plant conservation into the management of protected areas.
    • 4.3 Support innovative actions for the conservation of important populations of plants, working with land owners and managers.
  5. Strengthen the regional conservation community through the sharing of best practices and knowledge among grantees across the hotspot.
    • 5.1 Support regional and thematically focused learning processes for civil society organizations and stakeholders.
    • 5.2 Support grantees to understand and engage with international conventions and processes.
  6. Provide strategic leadership and effective coordination of CEPF investment through a regional implementation team.
    • 6.1 Build a constituency of civil society groups working across institutional and political boundaries toward achieving the shared conservation goals described in the ecosystem profile.
    • 6.2 Act as a liaison unit for relevant networks throughout the Mediterranean to harmonize investments and direct new funding to priority issues and sites.

Read more about CEPF's strategy in the hotspot in chapter 13 of our ecosystem profile (PDF - 31 MB).