Protecting Nature's Hotspots for people and prosperity

CEPF E-News Update November 2015

November 2015

In this issue:


Biodiversity and Climate Change: Nature-Based Solutions

Biodiversity in Jamaica. 

Biodiversity is central to addressing and adapting to climate change.

Today marks the start of the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21). The goal is a new international agreement on climate change that keeps global temperature increase below two degrees Celsius. 

With support from the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), civil society is working in the biodiversity hotspots to protect the world's most critical ecosystems and their life-sustaining benefits. 

"CEPF grantees clearly demonstrate effective approaches that, when taken to scale, will help the global community address the climate challenge using nature-based solutions — solutions that also contribute to the achievement of the 2020 biodiversity targets of the Convention on Biological Diversity (also known as the Aichi Targets), and can help build necessary bridges between global climate and biodiversity initiatives," said Thomas E. Lovejoy, senior fellow at the United Nations Foundation, George Mason University professor and co-editor of the book "Climate Change and Biodiversity." 

Related content:

Read more about the role of biodiversity and CEPF grantees in addressing climate change in this piece by Dr. Lovejoy. 

Read about climate-related conservation action in the Caribbean Islands.

Watch a video on a project in Haiti tied to climate change. 

Read about the response to climate change in South Africa's Alfred Nzo District Municipality. 


Feature Stories

The Mediterranean Basin: A Storymap

Read full story.

CEPF Celebrates its 2,000th Grantee: NatureUganda

Read full story.

Combating Adverse Impacts: CEPF Reviews Implementation of Safeguard Policies

Read full story.

Across the Hotspots: A Malagasy Perspective on Biodiversity Conservation in India's Western Ghats

Read full story.


Videos Showcase Stories from the Hotspots

Building a Civil Society Advocacy Alliance in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Horizon Nature is creating a network of civil society organizations to advocate for better mining practices in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo. Watch video.

Endemic Species Conservation

Civil society organizations in the Western Ghats Region of India are working to protect endemic species, which are vulnerable to extinction. Watch video.

Promoting Energy Efficiency in Rwanda's Cyamudongo Forest

Association Rwandaise des Ecologistes is promoting the use of high efficiency wood-burning stoves to relieve pressure on Rwanda's Cyamudongo Forest. Watch video.

See full list of videos


From the Field

Caribbean Islands Hotspot  Earlier this month, CEPF wrapped up a three-country consultation in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica as part of its final assessment of its $6.9 million, five-year investment in the hotspot. Read more here.  

East Melanesian Islands Hotspot — The Solomon Islands Community Conservation Partnership, in coordination with BirdLife International, recently surveyed the East Makira Forest in the Solomon Islands in search of the Critically Endangered Makira moorhen (Pareudiastes silvestris). Read more here.  

Eastern Afromontane Hotspot — In October, the Manda Wilderness Community Trust welcomed South African jeweller and designer Stefni Muller, who gave jewelry lessons to women in the Manda Wilderness community. Read more here.  

Indo-Burma Hotspot The Harrison Institute assessed the possible effects of a sudden increase in tourism on the biodiversity and rural, riverine culture of the Upper Ayeyarwady River Corridor in Myanmar. Read more here.  

Madagascar and Indian Ocean Islands Hotspot On World Fisheries Day (November 20), Blue Ventures celebrated its new initiative for marine conservation and fishery management in the Comoros. Read more here.     

Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany Hotspot — In South Africa, NCT Forestry Co-Operative Limited worked with the Ozwathini community and the Hlaganani Timber Association to improve forestry activities on communal tribal property. Read more here.    
Mediterranean Basin Hotspot — With the motto "together for biodiversity," civil society in the Mediterranean Basin is giving nature a voice by promoting innovative partnerships, protecting species and saving sites. Read more here.    
Wallacea Hotspot — In October, Burung Indonesia, in its capacity as the CEPF Regional Implementation Team for the hotspot, described CEPF's investment in the region during Climate Week Indonesia. Read more here.    
Western Ghats Region — The Wildlife Trust of India is addressing the impacts of linear intrusions (roads, railways, power lines, etc.) on wildlife and habitats within the Western Ghats of India. Read more here.  


Calls for Proposals

CEPF currently has active calls for proposals in six biodiversity hotspots. 

Cerrado This request is for expressions of interest for the regional implementation team for the hotspot, and closes on December 4. 

Eastern Afromontane This call is for large grants in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, and closes on January 15, 2016. 

Guinean Forests of West Africa  This request is for expressions of interest for the regional implementation team for the hotspot, and closes on December 4. 

Madagascar and Indian Ocean Islands This call is for large grants in Madagascar and Comoros, and closes on January 4, 2016. 

Tropical Andes This call is for large and small grants in Bolivia, and closes on December 13. 

Wallacea  This call is for large grants in central Indonesia and Timor-Leste, and closes on December 1. 

Click here for more information. 


CEPF in the News

CEPF-supported initiatives are often reported in news articles and magazine features. Below is a sampling of recent stories featuring CEPF. Click here to view all news about CEPF. 

November 23, 2015 
Caribbean investment is money well spent, ecosystem fund concludes


November 4, 2015


October 19, 2015
IISD Reporting Services


Grantee Resources


BEST Newsletter, Voluntary Scheme for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Territories of European Overseas, Number 2, November 2015, English (PDF - 3.3 MB)

Grantee Publications

Caribbean Islands Hotspot
Promoción de un esquema de pago por servicios ambientales a través de la valoración económica de los recursos hídricos en las reservas científicas Quita Espuela y Guaconejo, República Dominicana, Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo, 2014, Spanish (PDF - 2.1 MB)

Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany Hotspot
South Africa's Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas Status Report 2015, BirdLife International South Africa, 2015, English (PDF - 2.6 MB)

Grantee Newsletters

Eastern Afromontane Hotspot
ESARO Connect, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), July-August 2015, English (PDF - 921 KB)

Indo-Burma Hotspot
Saola Update, IUCN SSC Asian Wild Cattle Specialist Group, November 2015, English (PDF - 9.3 MB)

New Grantee Orientation Calls

CEPF hosts a new grantee orientation call once a quarter. Click here to download the audio files. 

Final Reports

CEPF project final reports detail the results and lessons learned by grant. Click here to view all project final reports, which can be filtered by region.

Approved Grants

CEPF's project database includes summaries of all the grants awarded to date and also news, publications and other resources related to individual grants. Click here to view the project database.


Photo credits: Biodiversity in Jamaica, © Olivier Langrand; A village in Albania's Dukat Valley, © PPNEA; Members of the NatureUganda biodiversity team, © NatureUganda; Removing invasive wattle trees in South Africa, © Nicky McLeod; Vulture brigade members in the Western Ghats, © CI/photo by Mandy DeVine; Attendees at the final assessment workshop in the Dominican Republic, © CI/photo by Antonia Cermak-Terzian; Coastline of the Solomon Islands, © World Bank, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0; Manda Wilderness panorama, © Manda Wilderness Community Trust/photo by Kristina Low; Boat at Tawyagyi Wildlife Sanctuary, © Harrison Institute/photo by Paul Bates; Man holding fish, © Filip Milovac/Flickr Creative Commons; Man carries wood in South Africa, © Tessa Mildenhall; Skadar Lake, © Jaime Rojo/The Living Med; Halmahera landscape, © Burung Indonesia/photo by Tri Susanti; Wild elephants on a tea plantation in India, © Cristina Mittermeier; Conservationist identifying plants in Ethiopia, © Robin Moore/iLCP. 

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