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Black bird with yellow beak, red eyes and red feet walking on forest ground.
Endangered Sakalava rail, Madagascar.
© O. Langrand

A Lifeline for Biodiversity

In response to alarming prognosis for planet's species, CEPF points to its grantees as part of the solution

"Up to 1 million species are threatened with extinction, many within decades."
– IPBES global assessment report on biodiversity and ecosystem services

Last May, the UN released a seminal—and sobering—report. Natural ecosystems and the species that depend on them are being destroyed at "unprecedented" rates. Left unchecked, the consequences for humankind will be catastrophic.

The report made headlines across the globe—the BBCThe Washington PostForbes, even fashion magazine Vogue covered the story, to name a few.

The good news? CEPF grantees are already implementing many of the solutions recommended in the report: They're creating partnerships across industries, empowering the people who live and depend on Earth's most biodiverse places, and conducting research that informs policy making. 

Our new publication, Lifeline for Biodiversity, explains how the CEPF model is helping to stop the UN report's predictions from coming to fruition. Download Lifeline for Biodiversity (PDF - 6.4 MB).