The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) has been working since 2000 to ensure the participation and contribution of civil society in the conservation of some of the richest ecosystems in the world, from a biological standpoint, that is currently threatened.
The goal is to promote conservation in high priority biological areas on a landscape scale. From this perspective, CEPF identifies and supports a regional approach, involving a wide range of public and private institutions to address conversation needs through coordinated efforts.
CEPF is a joint program of l’Agence Française de Développement, Conservation International, the European Union, the Global Environment Facility, Government of Japan and World Bank, to offer financing to protect unique and threatened ecosystems - known also as biodiversity hotspots.
In 2013 the CEPF Donor Council selected the Cerrado biome as one of the priority hotspots and 8 million were allocated to investments in projects from 2016 to 2021. Between 2016 and 2019 CEPF Cerrado released tree calls to support projects in the Cerrado. Currently, the Fund has approximately 55 projects divided into Large and Small Grants.