Protecting Nature's Hotspots for people and prosperity

Message From the Partners


A healthy future of the world’s vital ecosystems is best achieved through joint action. This idea is central to CEPF. There are many individuals and organizations around the world who are working hard to protect natural resources and help people sustainably use those resources. When these people and groups come together and operate under a common plan, the potential for positive impact and success grows dramatically.

CEPF has some impressive results of its own: more than 1,700 grantee partners, $148 million in committed grants, 11.2 million hectares of key ecosystems formally protected, improved management of 29.7 million hectares of key biodiversity areas and strengthened management and protection of 3.6 million hectares of production landscapes from inception through fiscal year 2012. But these numbers aren’t really CEPF’s alone. They are the product of an approach that relies on partners far and wide.

In the course of the fiscal year, new connections among donors built on CEPF strategies and results. CEPF continued to strengthen ties to the European Union (EU), efforts that led to establishment of the EU as a new global donor partner in fiscal year 2013. (Please see insert in this report.) CEPF donor partner the MacArthur Foundation joined with the Margaret A. Cargill and McKnight foundations to support an update to CEPF’s profile of the Indo-Burma Hotspot, with intentions to use the resulting conservation plan to guide and coordinate their investments in the region with CEPF’s upcoming reinvestment. And the MAVA and Prince Albert II of Monaco foundations, which supported development of the ecosystem profile for the Mediterranean Basin, used the profile’s strategy in developing their own investment plans.

Meanwhile, CEPF continued its efforts to convene conservation agents from the grassroots to global levels and catalyze coordinated action. Through ecosystem profiling efforts in the Eastern Afromontane, East Melanesian Islands and Indo-Burma biodiversity hotspots, CEPF gathered information from representatives of local communities, governments, conservation organizations in the regions, scientists, academic institutions, and donors to gain a nuanced understanding of these areas and how best to shore up their natural wealth. Through continued implementation of strategies developed in previous profiling, grantees are working with communities in the Western Ghats of India, the Caribbean Islands, and Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany in southeastern Africa to implement innovative solutions to sustain key ecosystems in these regions.

All of these developments point to the growing impact and promise of coordinated conservation. While the challenges remain great, so to is the potential for positive change. It’s an exciting time to be part of this partnership, and we welcome all who share the goal of robust and enduring ecosystems and communities.

James D. Wolfensohn, Chairperson, CE PF Donor Council

Karl Falkenberg, Director General for Environment, European Commission

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

Jean-Yves Grossclaude, Director of Operations, L’Agence Française de Développment

Naoko Ishii, Chairperson and CEO , The Global Environment Facility

Rachel Kyte, Vice President, Sustainable Development, The World Bank

Ryusuke Nakayama, Director of Development Issues, International Bureau, Ministry of Finance, The Government of Japan

Klaus Rudischhauser, Deputy Director-General, EuropeAid, European Commission

Peter A. Seligmann, Chairman and CEO , Conservation International