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CEPF global partners are making a difference

See the seven highlights of the CEPF 2019 Impact Report

by Julie Shaw via Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund


Seychelles blue pigeon (Alectroenas pulcherrimus). © O. Langrand

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) has already financed projects carried out by more than 2,400 beneficiaries in 98 countries and territories in 24 of the priority hotspots & #8211; places with high biological diversity and extremely threatened & #8211; of biodiversity in the world. This represents a major conservation effort. But what are the results?

The CEPF Impact Report helps tell the story of what our partners have achieved so far. By analyzing data from CEPF's first grants until the end of fiscal year 2019 (June 30, 2019), CEPF uses 16 indicators to monitor its conservation progress. The report is organized into the four categories, or & #8220; pillars & #8221 ;, of CEPF's work: biodiversity, civil society, human well-being and training conditions. The publication also shares some of the most recent and interesting stories from our beneficiaries around the world, who on a day-to-day basis are implementing conservation strategies, helping communities and governments and building their own expertise to support biodiversity and provide leadership.

Despite the countless challenges that these institutions face, we are proud to say that they are making a big difference. Here are just a few of those highlights:

1. Direct support for 882 globally threatened species

Habitat protection, species monitoring, patrolling, removal of invasive species & #8211; these are just some of the ways in which CEPF beneficiaries are acting directly to protect globally threatened species.

An example of the impact of species is the work of institutions in Wallacea hot spot on Sangihe Island and Yayasan IDEP Selaras Alam and partners on Talaud Island for the conservation of red-blue lory (Eos history), that is threat of extinction. The bird's bright colors make it a target for human trafficking. wild animals. Beneficiaries made the local community aware of the value of the species and its habitat, worked with local authorities to monitor trade and stop hunting, and promoted environmentally sound agricultural practices. The result: improved management of 2,157 hectares of protected forest in Sangihe and 6,720 hectares of agricultural buffer zone for a protected area in Talaud.

See pages 28-31 for more information on species support.

2. Helping to gain formal protection for 15.1 million hectares of biodiversized ecosystems

CEPF monitors the hectares of ecosystems for which beneficiaries have helped to obtain formal legal protections.

Fiscal year 2019 was an important year on that front, with some notable achievements. They include:

  • Creation of Intag Toisán Municipal Conservation and Sustainable Use Area, in the municipality of Cotacachi, northwest of Ecuador. Grantee Fundación Prodeci a Favor de los Derechos Ciudadanos involved local communities and social and governmental entities in the establishment of a protected area of 108,959 hectares, rich in endemic species, rivers, river basins and forests and which has been under threat of agricultural expansion, exploitation illegal logging and large-scale mining.
  • Protection for Ulcinj Salina, an important place in Montenegro for migratory birds. The Bird Research and Protection Center (CZIP) has been working for over 15 years & #8211; with CEPF support from 2013 to 2017 & #8211; to obtain protection for the unique ecosystem formed by artificial salt pans. And in June 2019, the local parliament voted to declare the site a national protected area.

See pages 13-18 for more on concession efforts to create protected areas.

3. 75 organizations in Indonesia strengthened through a single grant

One of CEPF's objectives is to strengthen civil society organizations who work with conservation in priority hotspots of biodiversity in the world. Through its monitoring program, CEPF tracks the progress of each beneficiary organization in key elements of strong organizations at the beginning and end of the CEPF grant. Of the 368 organizations that completed their reporting cycles, 248 reported an increase in organizational capacity (67%).

An impressive example occurred at the Wallacea Biodiversity Hotspot, where beneficiary Yayasan Penabulu was tasked with helping to build the knowledge and skills of emerging organizations through training. The efforts were successful, with data showing that 75 CEPF partners and others were strengthened through the project.

Read more on pages 32-36.

4. Through gender mainstreaming projects, more than 230 Brazilian women join forces

Cerrado National Meeting of Women

CEPF monitors the number of beneficiaries who report having a better understanding and commitment to gender issues during their projects with CEPF. At the hot spot Biodiversity Cerrado, institutions like ActionAid and Ecology and Action (ECOA) have been working to address gender issues in the region, organizing women's groups associations, cooperatives and networks. In the last year, they orchestrated three meetings at hot spot to discuss environmental conservation, climate change, gender and more. These meetings brought together more than 230 women and resulted in the elaboration of two national documents: the letter from the first meeting of women from the Cerrado and the manifestation of resistance from women in the Cerrado. Cerrado and Pantanal. Learn more about this project! 

You can read more about this project and CEPF's follow-up on gender efforts on pages 36-40.

5. About 1,300 projects promoted nature-based solutions to climate change

Projects that promote nature-based solutions to combat climate change are monitored through CEPF's monitoring program and, by the end of fiscal year 2019, 1,295 projects have been identified as belonging to this category, including efforts related toclimate change, climate mitigation, ecosystem resilience, reforestation and much more.

A forest restoration project in Mauritius illustrates the impact that such projects can have. The nation has one of the most endangered island floras in the world, with 89% of its endemic plant species considered to be at risk of extinction. Much of Mauritius' fauna has also disappeared along with its forests. Since 2006, CEPF has been working in the Ebony Forest Reserve to address threats to fauna and flora, including invasive exotic plants, habitat fragmentation, loss of genetic diversity among native species, the effects of climate change and the community's lack of awareness about the importance of protecting ecosystems. In response, Ebony Forest has carried out intensive habitat restoration, and has partnered with the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation to reintroduce indigenous birds. They have maintained 16 hectares of forest and planted 22,982 native plants with the help of children from local schools and corporations.

Read more about its activities and about CEPF monitoring related to climate change on pages 52-55.

6. 36 companies have adopted practices favorable to biodiversity

CEPF tracks the number of companies that adopt friendly practices in relation to biodiversity through projects that received our support. Although CEPF only started collecting this data in 2017, the effort has shown promising results, including:

  • Five companies collaborate with the CEPF partner, the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Zoology, in the promotion and sale of agricultural products & #8220; protected area protectors & #8221; at three locations in Yunnan province and on the island of Hainan in China.
  • Shiwi, a private social enterprise, works with the Peruvian Society of Environmental Law to support a network of private protected areas, through a successful marketing strategy for honey and brown sugar produced by the network.

Read more on pages 63-65.

7. CEPF partners contributed to seven of the 20 Biodiversity Goals of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and 10 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals

The Impact Report presents a data table that shows how CEPF fellows have contributed to these global goals, which includes figures such as:

  • 61 projects totaling US$ 6.3 million in donations for proposals focused on reducing the trafficking of wild animals, contributing to Goal 15 of Sustainable Development: Life on Earth.
  • More than 60 coastal protected areas have benefited from increased protection and management, contributing to Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life Under Water.
  • 31 active sustainable financing mechanisms for conservation that have been supported by CEPF, contributing to the Aichi Biodiversity Goal 20 in the mobilization of financial resources.

See the tables on pages 66-71.

There is much more good news in the progress report made so far by beneficiaries of the Fund. Check it out and see why we look forward to continuing to work together for biodiversity!

CEPF reports (impact and annual) are available English version only and can be accessed at the link.


Read the original version of the article, which is available in English at site of the Partnership Fund for Critical Ecosystems.

Find the English version here!

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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