Protecting Nature's Hotspots for people and prosperity

Message from the Partners


During fiscal year 2013, after more than 12 years of CEPF, the CEPF Secretariat and the Donor Council began reflecting on what has been achieved and learned from the CEPF experience in an effort to determine the best way forward. We feel a strong sense of pride regarding the successes of so many CEPF grantees, of all sizes, striving to protect the world’s biodiversity hotspots. With a relatively small amount of funding, amounting to $161 million distributed to nearly 1,800 grantees, these groups have taken the lead in conservation and sustainable development in their own “backyards” the hotspots that, because of services such as provision of fresh water and food and climate change adaptation, are vital, not only to their own interests and the multitude of organisms living there, but to people everywhere.

Our grantees’ results—some of which are highlighted in the pages that follow—are inspiring. In fact, the strides they have made lead the CEPF partnership to believe that this model, which delivers funding from major global donors into the hands of civil society groups in the hotspots, is one of the most effective weapons against the loss of critical biodiversity and ecosystems. As such, the partnership feels the time is now to begin scaling up CEPF. The biodiversity crisis is a massive global problem, and the stakes are such that proven models for halting the loss must be built up quickly to truly meet the challenge.

CEPF is working now on piloting new long-term visions for strategic conservation in multiple hotspots that will ensure effective and sufficiently resourced civil societies that stand and lead on their own when CEPF completes its investment. These civil societies are the future of the hotspots, and in many ways, the future of humanity. Join us in supporting them.

Jean-Michel Severino, 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 Grosclaude, Director of Operations, L’Agence Française de Développment

Naoko Ishii, Chairperson and CEO , The Global Environment Facility

Rachel Kyte, Group Vice President and Special Envoy, Climate Change, The World Bank

Kentaro Ogata, Director of Development Issues, International Bureau, Ministry of Finance, The Government of Japan

Klaus Rudischhauser, Deputy Director-General, Policy and Thematic Coordination (Dir A, B & C), Directorate General for Development and Cooperation - EuropeAid, European Commission

Peter A. Seligmann, Chairman and CEO, Conservation International​