From April 8 to 10 (2019), the CEPF Cerrado Regional Implementation Team promoted in Brasilia the 1st CEPF Partner Meeting and Expert Meeting Cerrado. The guests were attended by 56 representatives of organizations that conduct projects under CEPF Cerrado, experts, advisory board members and CEPF grant director Peggy Poncelet.
In the first two days the meeting had the goal present results achieved with the Fund to date, strategies for conservation of the Cerrado, celebrate results, point out ways for a possible next phase of CEPF in the Cerrado, promote integration among participants and strengthen the connection between projects. To this end, the entire CEPF team and its partners were immersed in sharing experiences, socializing themes such as restoration, research, territorial management, conservation, strengthening civil society, etc., in dialogue and recognition of the different territories that O CEPF encompasses and reflects the structure and operation of the Fund in the Cerrado. In the end, participants had the opportunity to evaluate CEPF and build a joint proposal of what could be the second phase of the fund in the Cerrado, should it occur. For Vilmar Costa, president of the Quilombo Kalunga Association, & #8220; this meeting was an opportunity to bring awareness to the Kalunga people, to commit to increasingly defend the Cerrado with partners and strengthen this network & #8221;
On the last day the meeting of experts, attended by part of the team of the International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB), researchers Mercedes Bustamente and Mônica Nogueira, both from the University of Brasilia and members of third sector organizations working in the biome, such as Isabel Figueiredo ( ISPN), Mario Barroso (TNC) and Marcos Tito (IUCN). On this day, CEPF Cerrado implementation strategy coordinator Michael Becker gave a presentation on CEPF Cerrado and the results of the partner meeting, and the group was invited to reflect on the present state and project a vision of the future for the Cerrado on topics such as global conservation priorities and best practices, actions by civil society organizations, global conservation priorities, public policies, and threats to conservation. Peggy Poncelet, CEPF's grant director, said she was delighted to have the opportunity to see so many people present and to monitor the engagement and contributions that each has brought to the discussions these days, and hopes that This meeting between people and institutions will be the opportunity for projects to interact in order to seek new partners and ideas, which will help in the implementation of these projects & #8221 ;.
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.