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

  1. Improve protection and management of 36 priority Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) to create and maintain local support for conservation and to mitigate key threats.
    • 1.1 Support preparation and implementation of participatory management plans that promote stakeholder collaboration in managing protected KBAs.
    • 1.2 Facilitate the establishment and/or expansion of indigenous, private, and subnational reserves and multi-stakeholder governance frameworks for conserving unprotected and partially protected KBAs.
    • 1.3 Strengthen land tenure, management, and governance of indigenous and Afro-descent territories.
    • 1.4 Catalyze conservation incentives schemes for biodiversity conservation for local communities.
  2. Mainstream biodiversity conservation into public policies and development plans in seven corridors to support sustainable development, with a focus on sub-national governments.
    • 2.1 Support land-use planning and multi-stakeholder governance frameworks that create shared visions for integrating biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services into the corridor-level development.
    • 2.2 Integrate biodiversity objectives into development policies, programs, and projects that impact resource use, including climate change, agricultural development, and water resources.
    • 2.3 Promote traditional and innovative financial mechanisms for conservation, including payments for ecosystem services, leveraging of rural and microcredit, mainstreaming biodiversity into climate change programs, and compensation mechanisms to mobilize new conservation finance.
  3. Promote local stakeholder engagement and the integration of social and environmental safeguards into infrastructure, mining and agriculture projects to mitigate potential threats to the KBAs in the seven priority corridors.
    • 3.1 Build local capacity and facilitate public consultation and alliance building in the assessment, avoidance, mitigation, and monitoring of environmental impacts of large development projects that pose a direct or indirect risk to the KBAs.
    • 3.2 Encourage constructive approaches to promote environmental and social sustainability of infrastructure, mining, and agriculture projects through partnerships between civil society groups, the private sector, and international investors.
    • 3.3 Integrate biodiversity objectives into development policies, programs, and projects related to mining, infrastructure, and agriculture.
  4. Promote and scale up opportunities to foster private sector approaches for biodiversity conservation to benefit priority KBAs in the seven corridors.
    • 4.1 Promote the adoption and scaling up of conservation best practices in those enterprises compatible with conservation to promote connectivity and ecosystem services in the corridors.
    • 4.2 Encourage private sector partners and their associations to integrate conservation their business practices and implement corporate social responsibility policies and voluntary commitments.
    • 4.3 Leverage of private-sector financing schemes, such as carbon projects and green bonds that benefit the conservation outcomes.
  5. Safeguard globally threatened species.
    • 5.1 Prepare, help implement, and mainstream conservation action plans for the priority Critically Endangered and Endangered species and their taxonomic groups.
    • 5.2 Update KBA analysis for mainstreaming to incorporate new Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) sites and Red Listing of reptiles, freshwater species and plants, based on addressing several high-priority information gaps.
  6. Strengthen civil society capacity, stakeholder alliances and communications to achieve CEPF conservation outcomes, focusing on indigenous, Afro-descendent and mestizo groups.
    • 6.1 Strengthen the administrative, financial and project management, and fundraising capacity of civil society organizations and indigenous and Afro-descendent authorities to promote biodiversity conservation in their territories.
    • 6.2 Enhance stakeholder cooperation, alliance building and sharing of lessons learned to achieve CEPF’s conservation outcomes, including efforts to foster hotspot-wide information sharing.
    • 6.3 Strengthen capacity in communications of CEPF partners to build public awareness of the importance of the conservation outcomes.
    • 6.4 Pilot and scale up promising approaches for the long-term financing of local and national civil society organizations and their conservation missions.
  7. Provide strategic leadership and effective coordination of CEPF investment through a regional implementation team.
    • 7.1 Operationalize and coordinate CEPF’s grant-making processes and procedures to ensure effective implementation of the investment strategy throughout the hotspot.
    • 7.2 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.
    • 7.3 Engage governments and the private sector to mainstream biodiversity into policies and business practices.
    • 7.4 Monitor the status of biogeographic and sectoral priorities in relation to the long-term sustainability of conservation in the hotspot.
    • 7.5 Implement a system for communication and disseminating information on conservation of biodiversity in the hotspot.

Read more about CEPF's strategy in the hotspot in chapter 12 of our ecosystem profile (PDF - 7.2 MB), also available in Spanish (PDF - 6.4 MB).