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Letter from CEPF Executive Director to Partners

Your work is more important than ever


via Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund

Dear CEPF partner,

In normal times, I spend a good part of the year traveling to the different biodiversity hotspots where we invest, getting to know the beneficiaries and visiting the locations of their projects. Since joining CEPF in 2015, I have been impressed by the frequency with which I hear partners from all over the world say: & #8220; CEPF is more than a funder; they are a family & #8221 ;. This means a lot to me and my team.

And now, our CEPF family is facing new challenges, just like the rest of the world. Know that we are committed to helping you navigate this uncertain time. Our highest priority is your safety, and we will work with you to review your project activities as needed.

As stressful as this moment may be, I am encouraged by some of the changes that I am already hearing about. The trade and consumption of wild animals was recently banned in a formal decision by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China and, in Vietnam, conservationists met to call for a national policy to do the same.

With the IUCN World Conservation Congress and the UN Convention on Biological Diversity scheduled, 2020 should be the & #8220; Year of Biodiversity & #8221 ;. Most of these meetings have now been postponed.

In a way, it's still the & #8220; Year of Biodiversity & #8221 ;, although not in the way we imagined. The world is seeing what can happen when humans interfere with natural systems. Our community has long understood the connection between human health and the health of Earth's ecosystems. Now we see clearly the importance of respecting nature.

My hope is that, after the current crisis subsides, we will find more governments, communities and others who are ready to support and participate in our efforts.

Prioritize social distance now and be ready for the moment when you can fully resume conservation activities, as the work we do is truly more important than it has ever been.


Olivier Langrand


Read the original version of the letter, which is available in English, at site CEPF.

PS We want to hear from you. How has your work been impacted by the pandemic? Have you been able to find creative solutions to keep making progress? Please send your thoughts, experiences and stories to cepf@cepf.net.

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund is a joint initiative of the French Development Agency, Conservation International, the European Union, Global Environmental Management, the Government of Japan and the World Bank. A key goal is to ensure that civil society is involved in biodiversity conservation.


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