Protecting Nature's Hotspots for people and prosperity

CEPF E-News Update July 2015

July 2015

In this issue:

Feature Stories

A woman carries potatoes on her head in Rwanda. One of CEPF's priorities for the Eastern Afromontane is to increase awareness of the economic values of ecosystem services.

Building conservation that lasts in the Eastern Afromontane

CEPF believes civil society holds the key to building conservation that lasts. But without a plan for sustainability, this cannot happen. 

Read about how CEPF is ensuring the sustainability of CEPF-supported interventions in the Eastern Afromontane biodiversity hotspot.


Across the hotspots: An East African perspective on biodiversity conservation in India's Western Ghats

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Creating change in the Dominican Republic through sustainably sourced chocolate

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Biodiversity Hotspots Photo Exhibit

The "34 Wonders of the World" exhibit, featuring stunning photos of the landscapes and species found in the biodiversity hotspots, continues to make its way around the globe.

Since its debut in Paris in 2014, the exhibit — developed by Terre Sauvage magazine, the Nature Picture Library and CEPF — has been displayed in 30 countries and territories, and viewed by thousands of people. The exhibit is presented in partnership with Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux - LPO, l'Agence Française de Développement and le Ministère des Affaires Etrangères et Européennes. 

It is on display now through December 2015 at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at the University of British Columbia, Canada, presented in partnership with the French Consulate of Vancouver. Read about its inauguration at the Beaty Museum

The exhibit was also featured as part of 2015 Green Week, the biggest annual conference on European environment policy, in Brussels June 3-5; and has recently been making its way around Lebanon. Read about the exhibit on display in Sghar, Batroun, Lebanon


Videos Showcase Stories from the Hotspots

Biodiversity Information Dissemination

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Patoku Lagoon: A paradise to protect

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Together for Biodiversity - CEPF in the Mediterranean

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Valle Nuevo National Park in the Dominican Republic

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See full list of videos


From the Field

Caribbean Islands Hotspot  CEPF is supporting the Windsor Research Centre in its efforts to safeguard the resources and ecosystem services of Jamaica's Cockpit Country, which is under renewed threat from bauxite mining. Communities surrounding the threatened area came together recently to voice their concerns. Read more here.  

East Melanesian Islands Hotspot — To get a first-hand look at CEPF grantee projects in the region, CEPF recently led a supervision mission to the Solomon Islands. This gave the team the opportunity to meet the teams implementing six large grants and three small grants and to visit project sites. Read more here.  

Eastern Afromontane Hotspot — Since its investment in the hotspot began in September 2012, CEPF has funded 79 projects in 14 countries. On July 26, CEPF and the Regional Implementation Team (RIT) will host a grantee event in Nairobi, Kenya, that will bring together 40 managers of CEPF-funded projects. Leading up to this, the RIT posted a mini-story and picture from each of these grantees on its Facebook page. See them here.  

Indo-Burma Hotspot — In June, the Indo-Myanmar Conservation Asian Turtle Program announced the identification of another potential site for the Critically Endangered Swinhoe's softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoe). Read more here.  

Madagascar and Indian Ocean Islands Hotspot Fondation Tany Meva, CEPF's RIT for the hotspot, is one of the newest members of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Read more here.    

Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany Hotspot — Conservation South Africa and Environmental & Rural Solutions partnered together to develop the Umzimvubu Catchment Partnership Programme, a formally recognized water management forum in South Africa. Read more here.    
Mediterranean Basin Hotspot — CEPF has provided $7.9 million in funding in the hotspot since its investment began in 2011, supporting 89 projects and 69 organizations in 12 countries. In May, a regional mid-term meeting brought together 50 participants to discuss conservation priorities and to share lessons learned. Read the national assessment report here.    
Tropical Andes Hotspot — A consortium led by Bolivia's Fundación para el Desarrollo del Sistema Nacional de Áreas Protegidas (FUNDESNAP), in partnership with Colombia's Fondo Patrimonio Natural, Fondo de Promoción de la Áreas Naturales Protegidas del Perú (PROFONANPE) and Ecuador's Fondo Ambiental Nacional (FAN), will act as the RIT in the hotspot. Read more here.    
Western Ghats Region — In June, CEPF's final assessment workshop for its investment in the region took place in Bangalore, India. CEPF invested $6 million, supporting 108 projects and 56 organizations since 2008. For the workshop, more than 120 participants gathered to share conservation results and exchange lessons learned. See photos here.  


Calls for Proposals

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

East Melanesian Islands - This call is for large and small grants in Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and the island regions of Papua New Guinea, and will close on August 31. 

Eastern Afromontane This call is for small grants in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Applications can be submitted only upon invitation. 

Indo-Burma This call is for large and small grants in Cambodia, China, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam, and will close on August 19. 

Madagascar and Indian Ocean Islands This call is for small grants in Madagascar, Seychelles, Comoros and Mauritius, and will close on August 31. 

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. 


July 11, 2015 
Mozambique's Gorongosa national park hosts int'l symposium


June 30, 2015
Deccan Herald
by Narasimha Hegde
May 27, 2015


Grantee Resources


A Manual on Applying the CBD Guidelines on Biodiversity and Tourism Development, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, 2015, English (PDF - 4.9 MB)

BEST Newsletter, Voluntary Scheme for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Territories of European Overseas, Issue 1, May 2015, English (PDF - 2.7 MB)

Sourcebook of Opportunities for Enhancing Cooperation Among the Biodiversity-Related Conventions at National and Regional Levels, United Nations Environment Programme, 2015, English (PDF - 16.4 MB)

Grantee Publications

East Melanesian Islands Hotspot
A Rapid Biodiversity Survey of Papua New Guinea's Manus and Mussau Islands, Wildlife Conservation Society Papua New Guinea, 2015, English (PDF - 2.8 MB)

Eastern Afromontane Hotspot
Increasing the Impact of Conservation Projects in Africa, Tropical Biology Association, May 2015, English (PDF - 1.5 MB)

Rabies Control Intervention in the Bale Mountains, Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme, April 2015, English (PDF - 1.2 MB)

Grantee Newsletters

Eastern Afromontane Hotspot
Manda Wilderness Newsletter, Manda Wilderness Community Trust, July 2015, English (PDF - 69.7 MB)

The Silverback Standard, International Gorilla Conservation Programme, Number 11, July 2015, English (PDF - 700 KB)

Indo-Burma Hotspot
Asia Newsletter, International Union for Conservation of Nature, July 2015, English (PDF - 1.9 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: Woman in Rwanda, © Levi S. Norton; Tea plantations in the Western Ghats, © Conservation International/photo by Russell A. Mittermeier; Chocolate, © CC0 Public Domain; Tropical Andes panel, © Terre Sauvage; Bauxite mining in Jamaica, © Paul Morris, CC BY-SA 2.0; East Melanesian Islands Supervision Mission, © Conservation International/photo by Antonia Cermak-Terzian; Bale Mountains Key Biodiversity Area in Ethiopia, © Robin Moore/iLCP; Swinhoe's softshell turtle, © Tim McCormak - ATP; Fondation Tany Meva at RIT Training, © Conservation International/photo by Antonia Cermak-Terzian; View of the Umzimvubu reaching the Indian Ocean, © Conservation International/photo by Julie Shaw; Mediterranean mid-term assessment, © Olivier Langrand; Paramos in Ecuador, © Conservation International/photo by Michele Zador; Western Ghats final assessment, © Conservation International/photo by Mandy DeVine; CBD Manual, © Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

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