Protecting Nature's Hotspots for people and prosperity

Message from the Partners


The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) came together in 2000 with a powerful mission: to help people protect the natural resources around them for their own well-being and that of future generations. Since then, we have funneled crucial funds to initiatives of all sizes that work to conserve biodiversity hotspots—the most biologically rich yet threatened areas on the planet. With these investments, residents of these regions can assume or build on their natural leadership to protect their environment and develop sustainable livelihoods.

We have made progress. According to a recent analysis of CEPF’s contributions to the Convention on Biological Diversity targets, at least 1,028 species listed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature as Critically Endangered, Endangered and Vulnerable have benefi ted from the fund’s investments over the past 10 years. During that time, the partnership has supported projects that have created more than 2,500 environmentally friendly jobs, and it has established more than 10 million hectares of protected areas.

This report profi les projects that exemplify our commitment to biodiversity as well as our ability to help develop conservation strategies, networks and sustainable livelihoods. These projects include the creation of a road map to guide ecological preservation
in the Mediterranean Basin Hotspot and the successful efforts of two groups in Nicaragua to gain control over their ancestral lands.

In fiscal year 2010, the CEPF granting portfolio grew to $126.3 million; of that, we invested in programs run by nearly 1,600 nongovernmental organizations and private sector organizations. We began grantmaking in the Caribbean Islands and worked on fi nalizing plans for upcoming investments in Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany in southeast Africa and the Mediterranean Basin. We also reinvested in three hotspots—Madagascar, Succulent Karoo and Tumbes-Chocó-Magdalena—to sustain conservation gains
made in our first round of investment.

Our work on these programs—and many others—in our 10th year demonstrates our continued faith in the CEPF model, which has at its heart the organizations and communities of the hotspots. The achievements of those we have supported over
the years are impressive and ongoing, and are yielding results that will benefit all of us in the long run.

James D. Wolfensohn, Chairperson, CEPF Donor Council

Inger Andersen, Vice President, Sustainable Development, The World Bank

Monique Barbut, Chairperson and CEO, The Global Environment Facility

Robert L. Gallucci, President, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Pierre Jacquet, Chief Economist, L’Agence Française de Développement

Kenji Okamura, Director, Development Policy Division, International Bureau, Ministry of Finance, Government of Japan

Peter A. Seligmann, Chairman and CEO, Conservation International


See also
- 2010 Highlights

- Document: 2010 Annual Report, English (PDF - 4 MB)