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About CEPF

Everyone depends on Earth’s ecosystems and their life-sustaining benefits, such as clean air, fresh water and healthy soils. Founded in 2000, the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund is a global leader in enabling civil society to participate in and benefit from conserving some of the world’s most critical ecosystems.

CEPF provides grants to nongovernmental and private sector organizations to help protect biodiversity hotspots, Earth’s most biologically rich yet threatened areas.

CEPF grant recipients range from small farming cooperatives and community associations to private sector partners and international organizations.

Our grants:

  • Target biodiversity hotspots in developing and transitional countries.
  • Are guided by regional investment strategies developed with stakeholders.
  • Go directly to civil society groups to build this vital constituency for conservation alongside governmental partners.
  • Create working alliances among diverse groups, combining unique capacities and eliminating duplication of efforts.
  • Achieve results through an ever-expanding network of partners working together toward shared goals.
How It Works
CEPF strives to conserve biodiversity and build sustainable conservation by empowering local civil society to take the lead. For each biodiversity hotspot where CEPF invests, CEPF commissions an analysis and conservation strategy called an "ecosystem profile" that is prepared with input from local stakeholders and other experts. The profile is used to guide grant-making in the hotspot. 


CEPF is a joint initiative of L'Agence française de développement, Conservation International, the European Union, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan and the World Bank.

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