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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 offer financing to protect unique and threatened ecosystems (hotspots), as Cerrado, for example.

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.

In Brazil, CEPF has the support of International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB), brazilian institution of the third sector dedicated to form and train people, as strengthen organizations on areas of natural resource, environmental and territorial management and other topics related to sustainability. IEB acts as a network, seeks partnerships and promotes interaction and exchange situations between civil society organizations, community associations, government bodies and the private sector. To learn more about the IEB work, visit: http://www.iieb.org.br/

In April 2016, the IEB was selected to work as a Regional Implementation Team (RIT). The IEB is responsible for the strategic leadership of the Cerrado program and will manage the small and large projects that will be supported during the program implementation in the period of July 2016 and June 2021.