Programmes

Indo-Burma Program Strategy

CEPF’s updated investment strategy for the Indo-Burma Biodiversity Hotspot includes the following five strategic directions. To be eligible for funding, each project must be linked to a strategic direction:

  • Safeguard priority globally threatened species by mitigating major threats.
  • Demonstrate innovative responses to illegal trafficking and consumption of wildlife.
  • Empower local communities to engage in conservation and management of priority key biodiversity areas.
  • Engage key actors in mainstreaming biodiversity, communities and livelihoods into development planning in the priority corridors.
  • Strengthen the capacity of civil society to work on biodiversity, communities and livelihoods at regional, national, local and grassroots levels.

Strategic directions and geographic areas eligible for each call vary, applicants must pay special attention to the announcement of each call.

CEPF STRATEGIC DIRECTIONS

CEPF INVESTMENT PRIORITIES

1. Safeguard priority globally threatened species by mitigating major threats

1.1 Transform pilot interventions for core populations of priority species into long-term conservation programs
1.2 Develop best-practice approaches for conservation of highly threatened and endemic freshwater species
1.3 Conduct research on globally threatened species for which there is a need for greatly improved information on status and distribution
1.4 Support existing funds to become effective tools for the conservation of priority species in the hotspot

2. Demonstrate innovative responses to illegal trafficking and consumption of wildlife

2.1 Support enforcement agencies to unravel high-level wildlife trade networks by introducing them to global best practice with investigations and informants 
2.2 Facilitate collaboration among enforcement agencies and non-traditional actors to reduce cross-border trafficking of wildlife
2.3 Work with selected private sector companies to promote the adoption of voluntary restrictions on the international transportation, sale and consumption of wildlife
2.4 Support campaigns, social marketing, hotlines and other long-term communication programs to reduce consumer demand for wildlife and build public support for wildlife law enforcement

4. Empower local communities to engage in conservation and management of priority key biodiversity areas

4.1 Raise awareness about biodiversity conservation legislation among target groups at priority sites
4.2 Pilot and amplify community forests, community fisheries and community-managed protected areas
4.3 Develop co-management mechanisms for formal protected areas that enable community participation in all levels of management
4.4 Conduct a gap analysis of key biodiversity areas in Myanmar and support expansion of the protected area network using community-based models

6. Engage key actors in mainstreaming biodiversity, communities and livelihoods into development planning in the priority corridors​

6.1 Support civil society efforts to analyze development policies, plans and programs, evaluate their impact on biodiversity, communities and livelihoods and propose alternative development scenarios and appropriate mitigating measures where needed
6.2 Integrate the biodiversity and ecosystem service values of priority corridors into land-use and development planning at all levels
6.3 Develop protocols and demonstration projects for ecological restoration that improve the biodiversity performance of national forestry programs
6.4 Engage the media as a tool to increase awareness and inform public debate of environmental issues

8. Strengthen the capacity of civil society to work on biodiversity, communities and livelihoods at regional, national, local and grassroots levels

8.1 Support networking activities that enable collective civil society responses to priority and emerging threats 
8.2 Provide core support for the organizational development of domestic civil society organizations 
8.3 Establish clearing house mechanisms to match volunteers to civil society organizations’ training needs

Note: to facilitate cross-referencing, numbering of strategic directions and investment priorities follows that in the overall strategy (11 strategic directions).