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 the conservation in high priority biological areas and on a landscape scale. From this perspective, CEPF identifies and support 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, in order to offer financing to protect unique and threatened ecosystems - known also as biodiversity hotspots.
In 2013, the CEPF Donor Council selected the Cerrado biom as one os the prioritaty hotspots and 8 millions were allocated to investments in projects from 2016 to 2021. Between the years of 2016 and 2018, the CEPF Cerrado has already made two calls to support projects in the Cerrado, and now it's in its third. Currently, the Fund has approximately 40 projects, divided into Large and Small Support.