The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (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 support the protection of unique and threatened ecosystems (hotspots), as the Cerrado, for example.
In 2013, the CEPF Donor Council selected the Cerrado biome as one of the priority hotspots and 8 million dollars were allocated to investments in projects from 2016 to 2021.
In Brazil, CEPF has the support of the International Institute for Education in Brazil (Instituto Internacional de Educação do Brasil in Portuguese), which is a Brazilian institution of the third sector dedicated to form and empower people, strengthen organizations in the themes related to natural resources, environmental and territorial management and other topics related to sustainability. IEB acts in-network, seeking partnerships and promoting interaction between the civil society, community associations, government, and the private sector. To learn more about IEB, please visit: http://www.iieb.org.br/
In April 2016, IEB was selected to work as the Regional Implementation Team (RIT) which is responsible for the strategic leadership of the CEPF Cerrado program, managing the small and large projects that have been supported during the program implementation between July 2016 and June 2021.