About the program
CEPF is a joint initiative of the French Development Agency, the International Conservation Agency, the European Union, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan and the World Bank. The fundamental goal is to ensure that civil society is dedicated to conserving biological diversity.
Between 2001 and 2021, CEPF has developed in the Tropical Andes the phases I and II of investment, respectively, in which it has financed projects in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia, contributing to the achievement of the conservation objectives set out in the Ecosystem Profile for the Tropical Andes Hotspot.
As part of its regional intervention strategy along the Tropical Andes, in Phase III investment (2022-2027), it has The RIT formed by ACEAA in Bolivia, Natural Heritage in Colombia, and Profonanpe in Peru, to undertake conservation initiatives in the Areas of Biodiversity (KBA) of the three countries of the region opened in this call: Bolivia, Colombia and Peru.
The Hotspot of the Tropical Andes is the most biodiverse of the planet. It covers 158.3 million hectares and houses more than 35,000 species of plants and vertebrates, ranking first in diversity of plants, birds, mammals and amphibians, and the second place in diversity of reptiles of the 36 hotspots identified to date in the world. In addition, it provides essential ecosystem services for the planet, the Americas, and for the approximately 59.7 million people living within it, in particular those related to water resources and carbon.
Despite its importance, the hotspot is subject to threats such as mining, climate change, the advancement of agriculture, deforestation, illegal land occupation, wildlife hunting and trafficking, and new infrastructure, among others. Many of these threats have increased by increased pressure on natural resources due to the economic crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has dramatically affected the region of the Tropical Andes.
In light of the urgent needs created and/or exacerbated by this crisis, CEPF’s niche for Phase III in the Tropical Andes focuses on supporting civil society organizations to foster the long-term sustainability of the results achieved through CEPF’s previous investments. Thus, the Phase III investment strategy is based on achievements and lessons learned from earlier phases and is structured in strategic directions broken down into investment priorities. The investment strategy (2022-2027) is documented in the Ecosystem Profile of the Biodiversity Hotspot of the Tropical Andes 2021.
This second call will grant small donations for proposals in 28 KBA, while large donations will be given for proposals in 22 KBA of the Hotspot Andes Tropical.
All the details are at the bases of the call, which can be downloaded through the following links
Who can participate?
Non-governmental organizations, community groups, private conservation-related companies, universities, and other civil society entities can present their CDI with proposals for conservation projects that allow them to receive a small or large donation to execute their ideas and add in the preservation of our hotspot, the most biological wealth in the world.
- Release Date: Wednesday, July 6, 2022-From 9:00 a.m. to Bogota and Lima; 10:00 a.m. to La Paz and Washington, D.C.
- Deadline for submission of proposals: Sunday, August 14, 2022-Until 10:59 p.m. Bogota and Lima; 11:59 p.m. Time of Peace and Washington, D.C.