Critical Ecosystem Partnership Found

Protecting biodiversity by empowering people


Biodiversity is critical to a healthy planet and thriving communities, but the world’s species are under tremendous threat. CEPF plays a unique strategic role in addressing the biodiversity crisis by mobilizing international, regional and local partners to protect the world’s biodiversity hotspots.


Conservation of biodiversity.


Supporting the development of conservation strategies driven by local input and providing grants to civil society-non-governmental, private and academic organizations-to implement these strategies, CEPF seeks to protect biodiversity, building local conservation leadership and promoting sustainable development. We believe that this is the most effective path to conservation and the communities that thrive.

CEPF investments are especially important because biodiversity hotspots are home to millions of impoverished people who rely heavily on nature to survive.

While a large amount of global conservation funds are directed at governments, experience has shown us that participation and strengthening of local civil society in developing countries and in transition from critical points of Biodiversity is critical to the long-term success of conservation.

Non-governmental groups bring innovative ideas and practical solutions, as well as participatory approaches, to address local challenges. This positions them as reliable partners of the government as both seek to secure vital resources for the long-term benefit of local communities while contributing to global conservation and sustainable development goals.

Partnership is also critical to achieving biodiversity conservation. Bringing together the funding and technical expertise of our donors and delivering them to organizations locally allows us to efficiently convert those resources into grassroots conservation actions where they are most needed. In the meantime, our beneficiaries collaborate with other local organizations, governments, and the private sector, contributing to broader conservation strategies and strong civil society leadership that can really move the dial toward a healthy future for all of us.

Benefits of grants

  • Are guided by ecosystem profiles-Biodiversity analysis and socioeconomic conditions at the critical points-that are produced by, and in consultation with, local stakeholders and serve as regional strategies of conservation.
  • Go directly to civil society groups at biodiversity hotspots to build this vital conservation group together with government partners.
  • They are awarded on a competitive basis.
  • Contribute to governments ‘ efforts to achieve the goals related to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (the Aichi Goals), the Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Creating working alliances among diverse groups, combining unique capabilities and eliminating duplication of effort.
  • Get results through a constantly expanding network of partners working together toward shared goals.


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Africa, Americas, Antarctica Region, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Europe, Micronesia
Sectors Sector agnostic
SDG (1) 15. Life on Land