Protecting Nature's Hotspots for people and prosperity

Aligned for Africa’s Wildlife

The challenges facing conservation in Africa — including wildlife trafficking and degradation of natural habitats — are tremendous. The European Union’s (EU) report “Larger than Elephants” details a comprehensive way forward to protect the continent’s biodiversity while simultaneously supporting sustainable livelihoods for its citizens.

CEPF is proud to contribute to efforts to conserve Africa’s biodiversity.

CEPF in Africa. Invested more than $60 million into conservation on the continent. Engaged 20+ industries as partners in biodiversity conservation, including tourism, coffee and mining. Worked with more than 300 civil society groups. Strengthened the protection and management of 14.9 million hectares of Key Biodiversity Areas.

As part of its efforts to highlight the report, Capacity4dev.eu​​​​ recently interviewed CEPF Managing Director Jack Tordoff.

CEPF is active in three biodiversity hotspots in sub-Saharan Africa:

Eastern Afromontane
CEPF Investment: $9.8M; 2012–2020
The Eastern Afromontane Hotspot is comprised of a discontinuous and divided chain of roughly four mountains ranges from Saudi Arabia to Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Of the 10,856 species identified in the Eastern Afromontane Hotspot, almost a third are endemic, including 106 bird and 104 mammal species. Learn more

Madagascar and Indian Ocean Islands 
CEPF Investment: $7.5M; 2015–2021
CEPF’s investment is directed toward Madagascar, the Seychelles, Mauritius and the Comoros. 
Our support primarily focuses on maintaining the natural wealth of Madagascar, which is often considered a mini-continent where 22 new mammal species and subspecies have been described in just the past 15 years. Learn more

Guinean Forests of West Africa
CEPF Investment: $9M; 2016–2021
The Guinean Forests in West Africa biodiversity hotspot is home to more than 20 species of primates. About 20 percent of its 9,000 vascular plant species are endemic. Human activities have placed extreme pressure on the hotspot’s forests, and it is now one the most critically fragmented regions on the planet. Learn more​.
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