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

  1. Strengthen protection and management of 52 priority KBAs to foster participatory governance, green recovery from COVID-19, climate change resilience, species conservation, and financial sustainability.
    • 1.1 Facilitate the establishment, upgrading, and/or expansion of public and private protected areas.
    • 1.2 Prepare and implement participatory management plans and other relevant KBA management instruments that support broad stakeholder collaboration.
    • 1.3 Strengthen land tenure, management, and governance of indigenous territories and campesino communities.
    • 1.4 Enable local communities to enter and remain in incentive programs that benefit biodiversity conservation.
    • 1.5 Promote and strengthen bio-enterprises that support biodiversity conservation and provide gender-equitable benefits to local communities.
  2. In the seven priority corridors, collaborate with public and private sector stakeholders to enable biodiversity conservation, a green recovery from COVID-19, and environmental, financial, and social sustainability, in benefit of the priority KBAs.
    • 2.1 Support participatory land-use and development plans and governance frameworks to foster a shared vision of conservation and sustainable development to guide future investments.
    • 2.2 Support the preparation of policies, programs, and projects that foster biodiversity conservation, particularly at sub-national levels, and that leverage funding for their implementation.
    • 2.3 Support the dissemination and integration of the conservation outcomes (threatened species, KBAs and corridors) in the strategic plans and public policies of governments, donors, and the private sector.
    • 2.4 Establish and strengthen traditional and innovative financial mechanisms and leverage financing initiatives for conservation, including payments for ecosystem services, carbon credits and compensation mechanisms.
    • 2.5 Promote and scale up bio-enterprises to benefit communities, biodiversity, connectivity and ecosystem services.
    • 2.6 Promote private sector actors and their associations to integrate conservation into their business practices and to implement corporate social responsibility policies and voluntary conservation commitments.
    • 2.7 Integrate biodiversity conservation objectives into policies and programs related to mining and infrastructure and promote related demonstration projects.
    • 2.8 Strengthen local capacity, facilitate public consultation, and support partnerships to implement mitigation measures (assess, avoid, mitigate and monitor impacts) in projects that present a risk to priority KBAs, with a focus on mining and infrastructure.
  3. Safeguard priority globally threatened species.
    • 3.1 Prepare, implement, and institutionalize conservation action plans that include climate change resilience for 183 Critically Endangered (CR) and Endangered (EN) species, and for select genera, presented in Appendix 13.3.
    • 3.2 Support strategies and information campaigns to combat illegal wildlife trafficking and hunting.
  4. Cultivate a welltrained, wellcoordinated and resilient civil society sector at the local, corridor, and hotspot levels to achieve CEPF's conservation outcomes.
    • 4.1 Strengthen the institutional capacities (administrative, financial, fundraising, communications, governance, and project management) of CEPF's strategic partners to implement biodiversity conservation programs.
    • 4.2 Strengthen the technical knowledge and skills of civil society through short-term courses to implement practical conservation actions based on an evaluation and training strategy.
    • 4.3 Support a security strategy and alliance to safeguard at-risk environmental and indigenous defenders.
    • 4.4 Strengthen the strategic communication capacity of the media and civil society networks to create conservation awareness among the public and decision makers.
    • 4.5 Strengthen the capacities and involvement of women in CEPF initiatives.
    • 4.6 Improve stakeholder cooperation and strengthen alliances, and foster information exchange and lessons learned.
  5. In the hotspot, provide strategic leadership and effective coordination of CEPF investment through a regional implementation team (RIT).
    • 5.1 Create a broad community of civil society groups working across institutional and geographic boundaries, to strengthen their capacities and promote their long-term resilience, to support CEPF's mission and conservation goals.


Read more about CEPF's strategy in the hotspot in chapter 13 of our ecosystem profile (PDF - 16.1 MB), also available in Spanish (PDF - 13.6 MB).