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WWF-Brasil launches the publication & #8220; Cerrado, promoting socio-biodiversity & #8221; with support from CEPF Cerrado and Instituto Humanize

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The Cerrado it lives a critical moment because, currently, it is the most deforested biome in Brazil. In six months, from October / 2018 to March / 2019, it lost 47,700 hectares, almost double the area suppressed in the Amazon, for example, according to data from MapBiomas.

Of the more than 2 million square kilometers of original Cerrado vegetation, less than half remains. So the Mosaic Sertão Veredas Peruaçu, with its 63% percentage of conserved natural vegetation, represents a fundamental area to guarantee the integrity and conservation of the remaining Cerrado areas: practically an oasis in Brazil.

Extraction of sour coconut (Butia capitata) & #8211; Community of Onça, Januária, MG. © Andre Dib / WWF-Brasil Collection

Machete free download publication and learn how WWF-Brazil, with the Partnership Fund for Critical Ecosystems (CEPF - acronym of the English version for Critical Ecossystem Partnership Fund) and the Humanize Institute, is working to conserve the biome and its socio-biodiversity.

WWF-Brasil carried out the project Strengthening Integral Territorial Management in the Specially Protected Areas of the Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu Mosaic, which aimed to act in the integration and strengthening of the management of the Mosaic's specially protected areas. This project was supported by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fundand Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB).

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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.

 

Cerrado: 31 Protected Areas Receive Action Plan by 2030

by Renata Peña, via WWF-Brasil

They are more than 3.5 million hectares of extreme beauty and diversity of plants, animals and medicinal herbs, as well as quilombola communities and indigenous lands. All this natural and socio-cultural richness is preserved in a set of 31 Protected Areas located in the Cerrado, between the north and northwest of Minas Gerais. THE Sertão Veredas Mosaic & #8211; Peruaçu has just received an action plan to foster sustainable development in this territory by 2030.

Peruaçu River, Januaria, MG. Photo: © André Dib / WWF-Brasil Collection

Starting next year, the Mosaic advisory council will seek to implement actions related to five main themes: integrated management, ecotourism, plant extraction, water conservation and sustainable agribusiness.

This means for example developing the agroecology with family farmers in the region - establishment of nurseries and backyards & #8211; empower residents of rural communities to strengthen existing plant extraction cooperatives and foster the creation of new ones; support brigade members in the fight against forest fires and further expand the potential of community-based tourism by training guides and drivers and creating new trails. THE Payment for Environmental Services (PSA) and the spring recovery degraded are two other guidelines of the action plan for the Sertão Veredas Peruaçu Mosaic.

“The plan is essential so that the actions we have been developing for several years do not suffer a sudden stop with the change in the national political scenario. It is a motivation to be more innovative and to win more and more projects and initiatives that land in the local reality of the people and Mosaic Conservation Units ”, says WWF-Brazil conservation analyst Vinícius Pereira.

Serra das Araras Path. Photo: ©FUNATURA Collection

César Vitor do Espírito Santo, executive superintendent of the Pro-Nature Foundation (Funatura) explains that the plan also foresees the creation of a fund for the Mosaic. The funds raised would be used to implement the planned actions: “With this plan, we intend that the Sertão Veredas Peruaçu Mosaic can be an inducer of sustainable development in the territory. A diverse and complex territory economically, socially and culturally. ”

For Joel Sirqueira, manager of the Peruaçu Valley Family and Extractive Farmers Cooperative (Cooperuaçu), an agro-extractive cooperative that has been supported by WWF-Brasil since its inception, the plan is an organized resource to continue conserving the Cerrado. “It directs in a planned and thoughtful way collectively, since everything was built together, the actions aimed at extractivism within the territory and especially for new ventures and cooperatives like Cooperuaçu, it is much more motivating to act when you have a document that helps leading the way forward, ”he says.

Janelão, Peruaçu Caves National Park. Photo: © FUNATURA Collection

The “Conservation Based Territorial Development Plan (DTBC)” was carried out by the Pró-Natureza Foundation (Funatura) with the support of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund & CEPF Fund (#8211).

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WWF-Brasil and the Sertão Veredas Peruaçu Mosaic

WWF-Brasil has been operating in the Sertão Veredas Peruaçu Mosaic region through the Sertões Project since 2010, and more recently, with support from the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) in actions focused on encouraging the implementation and integrated management of the conservation; strengthening of the productive chain of the fruits of the Cerrado; communication, aiming at the valorization and rescue of the Cerrado and territorial planning, which aims at systematic conservation planning in the Cerrado biome.

WWF-Brasil executes the project Strengthening Integral Territorial Management in the Specially Protected Areas of the Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu Mosaic, which aims to integrate and strengthen the management of the specially protected areas of the Mosaic. This project is supported by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fundand Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB).


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.

 

 

Documentary #8220; The Cerrado is a Piece of Me #8221;

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The production and collection of native fruits of the Cerrado allow the conservation of the biome that has already lost 50% from the original area, as it keeps the native trees standing and curbs the deforestation of the area.

Since 2010, WWF-Brasil has encouraged the agroextractivism and the formation of cooperatives as an alternative to protecting the Cerrado. THE sustainable plant extractivism It generates income and quality of life for local communities, favoring the permanence of traditional peoples in rural areas and reducing rural-city migration.

Watch to the documentary & #8220; The Cerrado is a Piece of Me & #8221; and get to know stories of people who make it happen and honor this exclusively Brazilian biome.

With the support of Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB), WWF-Brasil executes the project Strengthening Integral Territorial Management in the Specially Protected Areas of the Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu Mosaicwhat Its purpose is to integrate and strengthen the management of the specially protected areas of the Mosaic. One of the actions that has been developed in the project is the implementation of the strategy of strengthening community enterprises in the territory, focusing on the productive chain of sustainable extraction of native Cerrado flora.


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.

 

 

Community-based ecotourism in the quilombola community Furnas da Boa Sorte, MS advances with training and infrastructure

by WWF-Brasil and Instituto Mamede

Community-based ecotourism in the quilombola community Furnas da Boa Sorte, Corguinho / MS, advances with communication and marketing course and the installation of tourist signs


Another meeting marked the process of implementation of the Community-Based Ecotourism in the Quilombola Community Furnas da Boa Sorte, in Corguinho / MS.

Rich in stunning scenery and biodiversity Lush, the place of pristine features, contagious and delights the visitor, and there is no shortage of inspiration for Ecotourism. Everything goes back to nature and interacts with it. The community is located in a transition area between Cerrado and Wetland, whose singular relief, with hills and slopes provided by the Maracaju Plateau, says farewell to the highest altitudes and gradually surrenders to the Pantanal floodplain. In addition to nature, visitors have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the history and culture of the Quilombola Furnas da Boa Sorte community.

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This time, the Community Based Ecotourism - EcoTBC module in the Community brought the theme Communication and Marketing in Community-Based Ecotourism. The module was taught

by the team of Mamede Institute for Environmental Research and Ecotourism, WWF-Brazil and also had the special participation of the Mato Grosso do Sul Tourism Foundation - FUNDTUR. Simone Mamede, coordinator of the Community Based Ecotourism training course at the Sustainable Municipalities Project, stated that & #8220; The Community Based Ecotourism work of the Quilombola Community Furnas da Boa Sorte has been organized to many minds and hands, involving the protagonism of the community, the support of professionals from the area of tourism, the environment and sustainability. The unity of all has provided advances in building a more sustainable territory for current and future generations. Among the guiding actions are: responsible tourism, intergenerational dialogue, respect and appreciation of quilombola culture, as well as respect for nature. May we continue to sow sustainability with present and future generations & #8221 ;. To date, three modules have been held with the following themes: EcoTBC: Planning and Sustainability; EcoTBC products, services and roadmaps and the last one held on July 12-14, under the theme Communication and Marketing. In addition to content related to production, communication and dissemination strategies, the course covered nature and sustainability photography. From the report of Maristela Benites, minister of the Community-Based Ecotourism course & #8211; Mamede Institute for Environmental Research and Ecotourism, & #8220; The experience of building EcoTBC in the Quilombola Community Furnas da Boa has been very special. Each step of this process is a conquest, full of challenges, especially because it is something new, but at the same time with many victories and discoveries. The success of the last module was not only due to the quality and content required for the implementation of this tourism modality, but also for the definitive inauguration of a differential tourist destination, rich in culture and biodiversity. The installed cards have several meanings from this perspective, but the main message conveyed is: 1 1T38220; Tourist, it may arrive that we are waiting for you! So let's build in favor of sustainable territories & #8221 ;.

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In this module with funding from the European Union (“European union”), Signposts were installed in some EcoTBC host households and at some points on the road. Families who have been participating since the beginning of the project received signposts of the services they offer to tourist, such as: camping, home accommodation (bed and breakfast) and meal. The course was special and symbolic as it definitely marked the materialization of EcoTBC in quilombola community, through the installation of the plates, which were kindly sponsored by the European Union with the support of WWF-Brazil. For Mr. Deoclides, member of the community, & #8220; Ecotourism course and the installation of community-based Ecotourism signs is a way of spreading the community, it is a way of saying that the quilombo community of Boa Sorte exists & #8221 ;. 

Residents of the quilombola community, university students, public managers, tourism experts, advertisers and tourism micro-entrepreneurs participated in the course. Elizandra Dutra, a turismologist and student of the Community-based Ecotourism training course in quilombola community, told us that & #8220; The dynamics and methodology used in the Community-Based Ecotourism course held in the Quilombola Furnas da Boa Sorte community enabled a better understanding of the contents covered, allowing everyone to experience in practice with the community all theoretical knowledge, further strengthening learning & #8221 ;.

The teachers, Rodrigo Motta talked about social media marketing, Don Eaton about sustainable municipalities, Simone Mamede about community-based ecotourism, Geancarlo Merighi about Caminhos dos Ipês Tourist Route, Alexandre on audiovisual production, Bolivar Porto on nature photography and Maristela Benites about sustainability. The contents integrated harmoniously. With so much inspiration from local socio-biodiversity, there was no shortage of raw materials for each speaker.

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At the end of the course, the community provided us with earth products, such as banana, papaya and manioc, and culinary products made by them: garapa, rapadura, molasses, cakes and sweets. Products can be purchased from the community.

The Quilombola Community Furnas da Boa Sorte is a Community Based Ecotourism manager and can outline its own destiny.

The initiative is supported by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB), and performed by WWF-Brasil and Mamede Institute, and integrates the project “Sustainable Municipalities, protecting the birthplace of Cerrado waters and the headwaters of the Pantanal”. In addition to community tourism, the project covers the collection of seeds from native species of the Cerrado for the recovery of degraded areas, which shows that the two integrated initiatives positively impact and add value to local and regional supply chains and show how it is possible to develop without destroying the Cerrado, keeping the environmental services provided by nature stable. Sustainability is glimpsed when communities are effectively involved and benefited, the environment is exploited responsibly and the economy thrives. According to Don Eaton, project coordinator, #8220;Beyond the scenic wonders, visitors to the Quilombola Furnas Community of Good Luck can relax and enjoy the hospitality of the community and its traditional food and crafts. The EU-funded and community-created plaques will help turn the tourism program into a real source of family income while preserving its natural environment & #8221;

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Each step is an achievement and shows undeniable progress, the fruit of the commitment and unity of all. Gradually the dream has come true and we are moving forward in the construction of sustainable territories!

This module had the partnership of Fundtur (Mato Grosso do Sul Tourism Foundation), in the presence of the Tourism and Market Development Director & #8211; Geancarlo Merighi and professional Bolivar Porto. According to Geancarlo, & #8220; Community Based Tourism development projects are considered an important tool for income diversification in small farms. When it involves specific communities, such as Indigenous and Quilombola, Community-Based Tourism, besides diversifying income, has the ability to promote, in addition to their natural beauty, their culture and traditional way of life, ie the Promotion of Human Being & #8221 ;.

The Mamede Institute and WWF Brazil, thank and congratulate all the efforts of the community and partners who have joined the struggle for the construction of more sustainable territories and harmony with nature.


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.

 

 

Grande Sertão Veredas National Park turns 30 years old

by Renata Andrade Peña via WWF-Brasil

The landscape is spectacular: it comes when you least expect it. The water is abundant: they are paths out of sight, surrounding every corner you look at. Hundreds of endangered species survive, including the jaguar, the giant anteater and the maned wolf. All this rich biodiversity has been protected since April 12, 1989, when 84,000 hectares formed the Grande Sertão Veredas National Park in Minas Gerais. Today, the Park is 30 years old and the Cerrado thanks.

“It was very important that this Conservation Unit was created in a region of expansion of the agricultural frontier, with intense occupation of agribusiness. This protected area is very important for the Cerrado biodiversity and also for water resources. There the river Carinhanha is born. When it flows into the São Francisco River, old Chico increases its volume by 20%, ”explains Kolbe Soares, Conservation Analyst at WWF-Brazil.

Elson Barbosa dos Santos, guide in the Park, highlights the importance of the Cerrado's water resources and medicinal species, which are protected. & #8220; Below the park region is the Urucuia aquifer, very important for maintaining the region's rivers like Carinhana, Itaguari and so on. Thanks to the Park are also protected various medicinal species of the Sertão & #8221 ;.

Author: Aryanne Amaral / IEB Collection

In 2004, the Grande Sertão Veredas Park was expanded to over 230,000 hectares, extending to the municipalities of Chapada Gaúcha, Formoso and Arinos in Minas Gerais and Cocos, Bahia. Thus, it is currently one of the largest parks in the Cerrado, ensuring, in addition to protecting hundreds of species of fauna and flora, the development of scientific research, environmental education, contact with nature, regional development on a sustainable basis and the preservation of traditional peoples, indigenous communities, their knowledge and culture.

The existence of this protected area is also an opportunity for sustainable development. "There is a huge potential for increasing ecotourism in the region for its beauty, the possibility of seeing the preserved Cerrado and also because of the culture of the people of the region and literature" says Kolbe Soares. “In the region, the Great Sertão Veredas Peoples Meeting is held annually in July. It is very important to conserve this cultural and social wealth ”, adds Soares.

& #8220; It is a great pleasure to talk about this UC because it is about the richness of biodiversity and also the history of the communities that still keep the cultural traditions of the people of the Sertão & #8221;

The Park was named after one of the most important Brazilian literary works, the novel “Grande Sertão: Veredas”, written in 1956 by João Guimarães Rosa. In the book, the Minas Gerais writer portrays with extreme sensitivity the regional reality. Guimarães Rosa is really right: “This is what this is about: you push back, but suddenly he comes around you again. Sertão is when least expected. ”

WWF-Brasil and the Grande Sertão Veredas National Park

Grande Sertão Veredas National Park is located in the north / northwest of Minas Gerais and southwest Bahia, covering an area of 231,668 hectares. Since 2010, WWF-Brasil has been developing the Sertões Project in the region, focusing on improving the management of protected areas, enhancing agro-extractive production chains with good agricultural practices. Most recently they supported the Park and Mosaic in partnership with the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF).

The work is carried out in partnership with the agro-extractive cooperatives and community associations of the Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu Mosaic, as well as other social and environmental non-governmental organizations and government agencies, such as the 12 prefectures of the region, as well as the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio ) and Minas Gerais State Forest Institute.

Last year, the construction of a cerrado and backyard fruit processing unit in the Peruaçu Center and the creation of the Peruaçu Valley Family and Agro-Extractors Cooperative were one of the most important actions. In addition, support was provided for the implementation of the Rural Environmental Registry in the region, which resulted in the registration of approximately 10,000 properties. Another highlight was the study of the effectiveness analysis of 69 state protected areas in Minas Gerais.

WWF-Brasil executes the project Strengthening Integral Territorial Management in the Specially Protected Areas of the Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu Mosaic, which aims to integrate and strengthen the management of the specially protected areas of the Mosaic. This project is supported by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fundand Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB).

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The municipality of Chapada Gaucha, Minas Gerais, ICMBio, Funatura, the Rosa and Sertão Institute and partners organize a three-day program - from April 11 to 13 & #8211; to celebrate the birthday. There will be various activities with the local community and visitors such as planting seedlings, hiking trails, video viewing and discussions.


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.

 

 

WWF-Brasil will promote course for creation of conservation and conflict management units of Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu Mosaic

WWF-Brasil under the project Strengthening of integral territorial management in the specially protected areas of the Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu Mosaic will promote the course & #8220; Creation of conservation and conflict management units in the protected areas of the Sertão-Veredas Peruaçu Mosaic & #8221;, between the days May 21st and 24th (2019) at the SESC de Januária, Minas Gerais. The workload will be 24 hours.

The project that is executed by WWF-Brazil and has the support of Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB), Its purpose is to integrate and strengthen the management of the specially protected areas of the Mosaic.

The programming includes conceptual aspects of the conservation units, lectures on land use conflicts in the Mosaic and a technical visit to the Salustrian Ecological and Cultural Urban Municipal Park, in São João das Missões (MG).

For more information, contact the WWF-Brazil!


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.

Workshop on production and marketing of agro-extractive products from the Cerrado

The project Strengthening Integral Territorial Management in the Specially Protected Areas of the Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu Mosaicwhich is performed by WWF-Brazil and has the support of Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB), Its purpose is to integrate and strengthen the management of the specially protected areas of the Mosaic.

In order to underline the importance of sustainable extraction of sociobiodiversity Cerrado, a traditional practice already widespread in the biome and one of the main alternatives to maintain “Cerrado standing”, WWF-Brazil in partnership with the Society, Population and Nature Institute (ISPN), Central Cooperative of the Cerrado, with support from CEPF Cerrado and International Institute of Education of Brazil, will hold the Cerrado Socio-Biodiversity Products Production and Marketing Workshop.

THE workshop aims to identify and give visibility to the contributions of different approaches to the development of Cerrado productive chains, in order to overcome challenges and articulate with the public authorities, besides starting a process of reflection, knowledge exchange and learning in the aspects related to “Production and Marketing” of agro-extractive products. The workshop will also be a space for organizing discussion forums for integration with the programming of the IX Meeting and Fair of the Cerrado People.

 

Contacts:

kolbesantos@wwf.org.br

luis@centraldocerrado.org.br

rodrigo@ispn.org.br


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.

 

 

The fruits of the Cerrado available in São Paulo

By Renata Andrada Peña via WWF-Brasil

From now on, cassava flour, sesame, monkey pepper, indaiá coconut flour and two varieties of pestle rice are now part of the set of products regularly offered in the biomes box, opened in 2016 at the Pinheiros Municipal Market, in Sao Paulo. They combine with baru nuts, saffron, jatoba flour, honey, jabuticaba jelly and pequi, among others. Cerrado delights also available for sale in the state capital.

The news has just been released by Kalunga families (Brazil's largest Quilombola territory, located in Goiás, in the Chapada dos Veadeiros region), The Atá Institute and the Cerrado Central, with the support of WWF-Brazil, the Banco do Brasil Foundation and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). All new products are the result of cultivation and agro-extractivism in the Cerrado and are part of the gastronomic culture of traditional quilombola peoples.

The products are marketed by Cerrado Central, a nonprofit cooperative center established in Brasilia and composed of 35 community organizations from seven Brazilian states (MA, TO, PA, MG, MS, MT and GO) that develop productive activities based on the sustainable use of the biome's biodiversity. The Cerrado has the potential to harness more than 200 different kinds of native plants, according to research from the University of Brasilia (UnB).

Buriti

According to Luis Carraza, coordinator of the Cerrado Central, this partnership with WWF-Brasil was very important and served to strengthen and expand the production and marketing of native Cerrado products. “Through this support, specific work has been done with our affiliated organizations to prioritize some of the Cerrado fruit production chains such as pequi, baru and jatobá, in order to guarantee production stocks that can supply the consumer market. which is increasing considerably each year, ”says Carraza.

In addition to promoting the dissemination and insertion of sustainable use products in local markets, regional and international & #8211; export of pequi to Japan, chestnut from baru to the United States and handicrafts of Golden grass for France & #8211; Cerrado Central is also a center for the dissemination of information, exchange and technical support for communities in improving their production, organizational and management processes.

WWF-Brazil has been supporting the Cerrado Central since 2018 with actions focused on sustainable plant extractivism of the fruits of the biome and in structuring and strengthening the productive chains of native fruits. This project is supported by WWF-France, the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and the Humanize Institute.

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Anyone who wants to be surprised by the delights of the Cerrado should visit the box biomes:
Pedro Cristi Street, 89
Pinheiros Municipal Market
Box of Biomes (BOX 28)
Monday to Saturday from 8am to 6pm

 

WWF-Brasil executes the project Strengthening Integral Territorial Management in the Specially Protected Areas of the Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu Mosaic, which aims to integrate and strengthen the management of the specially protected areas of the Mosaic. This project is supported by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fundand Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB).


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.