Protecting Nature's Hotspots for people and prosperity


Green Futures training in Cape Floristic Region

Our strategy focuses on enabling civil society participation in biodiversity conservation where it matters most.

Our experience demonstrates that civil society -- from nongovernmental organizations and community groups to the private sector -- can bring innovative ideas and solutions, as well as participatory approaches, to solving local challenges. Courageous and creative individuals, working through strong civil organizations, are essential to progress.

Our geographic focus is a core part of our strategy. We support the development and engagement of civil society in Earth’s biodiversity hotspots, the most biologically rich and threatened areas. As many hotspots cross national borders, the approach transcends political boundaries and fosters coordination and joint efforts across large landscapes for local and global benefits.


CEPF is governed by a Strategic Framework adopted by the Donor Council in January 2014. Four key outcomes are expected from the new phase​:

  1. A revamped, scaled-up and transformational CEPF, which builds on current success but is more effectively tailored to meet the challenge of the biodiversity crisis via a  broadened partnership and donor base.

  2. Long-term strategic visions developed and implemented for at least 12 hotspots, facilitating the development of credible, effective and well-resourced civil societies, and delivering improved biodiversity conservation, enhanced provision from healthy  ecosystems of services important to human wellbeing, and greater alignment of conservation goals with public policy and private sector business practices.

  3. Strengthened implementation structures for each investment hotspot, led by Regional Implementation Teams (RITs) or similar organizations, which become the permanent stewards of the long-term strategic vision for the hotspot, able to coordinate and support civil society organizations and connect them with government and private sector partners.

  4. An improved delivery model with more efficient operations, stronger communication products and more effective impact reporting, which facilitates learning, adaptive management and amplification of demonstration models.​


Developing an ecosystem profile for each region where we invest is a fundamental part of our approach prior to the award of grants. The process is led by civil society groups and includes diverse stakeholders to develop a shared strategy from the outset.

Our ecosystem profiles outline the findings of this work, including overall conservation targets or “outcomes,” major threats and the policy, civil society and socioeconomic context, as well as funding gaps and opportunities. We use this information to determine the CEPF niche and investment strategy included in each ecosystem profile.

We have also designed a consolidation program to sustain the gains made in selected regions to date, beginning in 2008.

CEPF Fact Sheets
CEPF Fact Sheets
CEPF Fact Sheets are available in four languages to view online or to download in high resolution for print.
See Also
- Frequently asked questions
- Preguntas frecuentes
- Questions fréquemment posées

Strategic Framework: Taking CEPF to a scale where it can more widely and effectively impact the biodiversity crisis.
Photo: Green Futures training in the Cape Floristic Region, photo courtesy of C.A.P.E. Coordination Unit