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December 30, 2004
959 Species Threatened in Brazil's Espírito Santo
One-fifth of the biological wealth known to science in the Brazilian state of Espírito Santo is threatened with extinction, according to a new Red List for the state created in an initiative led by Instituto de Pesquisas da Mata Atlântica.
December 20, 2004
Multimedia Village Initiative Helps Conserve Chimpanzees
It’s African tradition that village meetings carry great importance—which is one reason why a conservation project incorporating theater, film and a cartoon newsletter within village gatherings in Côte d'Ivoire is yielding early results.
December 13, 2004
Caucasus Coordination Team Reviews 260 Grant Applications
The regional coordination team for Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund investments in the Caucasus Hotspot recently met in Tbilisi, Georgia to review 260 grant applications submitted in response to the first call for proposals in the region.
November 30, 2004
Marketing Social Change
Zhang Zhe is a 27-year-old environmental engineer by training. She is accomplished and intelligent. But she has an alter ego...
November 20, 2004
New Scientists in West Africa
Several key biodiversity areas in West Africa now have new capable local scientists, thanks to a recently concluded project carried out by Conservation International’s West Africa and Rapid Assessment programs along with local partners.
November 7, 2004
Condé Nast and Ford Motor Company Salute Green Earth Volunteers Founder
Wang Yongchen, a journalist at China National Radio and founder of the Chinese nongovernmental organization Green Earth Volunteers, received the 2004 Condé Nast Traveler Environmental Award in October.
October 30, 2004
Education Benefits Nature and People in the Philippines
The Palawan Conservation Corps is transforming young lives on the island of Palawan in the Philippines biodiversity hotspot and protecting hardwood trees in the process.
October 20, 2004
Small Grants - Big Community Ripples
What can you do with $100?
September 30, 2004
Sharing, Cooperation and Scaling Up in China
Building the fledgling civil society in the Mountains of Southwest China biodiversity hotspot is no small task.
September 21, 2004
Civil Society Efforts Helps Safeguard Volcán Barú
A coalition of more than 15 Panamanian nongovernmental organizations recently helped convince governmental officials to shelve plans for constructing a highway through Volcán Barú National Park in the Mesoamerica biodiversity hotspot.
September 20, 2004
Tanzania Seizes 157 Containers of Timber in Port
The Tanzanian government has imposed a ban on the export of timber and seized 157 containers of logs, many of which were harvested illegally from the coastal forests of Rufiji, Kilwa and Lindi districts in the southeast of the country.
September 13, 2004
WildAid China Ramps Up
WildAid China has made significant progress in securing additional funding and numerous partners for its Active Conservation Awareness Program since receiving a Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund grant to develop the program in late 2003.
August 30, 2004
Indonesia Declares Tesso Nilo National Park
Indonesia's Ministry of Forestry recently designated Tesso Nilo as a national park.
August 20, 2004
Cutting a New Path for Illegal Loggers in Sumatra
The 5,000 villagers of Tangkahan are now official caretakers of a corner of one of Indonesia's most impressive national parks.
August 12, 2004
Cape Nature Conservation Launches Greater Cederberg Biodiversity Corridor
The Western Cape Nature Conservation Board in conjunction with Cape Action for People and the Environment, recently launched the Greater Cederberg Biodiversity Corridor.
July 30, 2004
The Table Mountain Fund: Granting Better Futures
Two years into its Capacity Building Program, the Table Mountain Fund is seeing the emergence of an inspiring leadership base of black men and women conservation role models
July 25, 2004
C.A.P.E. Partners' Conference
More than 260 people gathered at the base of South Africa’s world-famous Table Mountain for the Cape Action for People and the Environment first partners' conference in June.
July 15, 2004
UN Foundation and CEPF Join Forces in Sumatra
The United Nations Foundation has agreed to match Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund support for a conservation action and network program in Sumatra.
June 30, 2004
Environmentally Friendly Coffee Reaps Benefits for Mesoamerican Communities
Coffee production is a major source of income for countless agricultural workers or campesinos in Costa Rica.
June 20, 2004
Namibia Set To Declare Sperrgebiet As National Park
Known worldwide as the source of exclusive diamonds, the Sperrgebiet is set to become the gem of Namibia’s protected areas as the result of a recent decision by the country’s cabinet to proclaim the region as a national park. 
June 16, 2004
Workshops Build Nature Reserve Capacity in China
Eighty managers and technical staff from China’s newly established national reserves recently participated in the first of a series of training workshops to help build their capacity to manage these important areas effectively.
May 30, 2004
Mining Company Commitment Helps Bushmanland Initiative
The Bushmanland Conservation Initiative is getting a head start on creating a 60,000-hectare protected area in the Succulent Karoo biodiversity hotspot.
May 20, 2004
Indonesia Declares Batang Gadis National Park
Indonesia’s Ministry of Forestry signed a ministerial decree in early May declaring Batang Gadis a national park—a move expected to be officially announced by President Megawati Sukarnoputri in the park on the island of Sumatra later this month.
May 11, 2004
Andes Documentary Premieres Reach 3.7 Million Viewers
Tesoros Sin Fronteras, an award-winning documentary, recently premiered in the Bolivian cities of La Paz and Santa Cruz and resulted in extensive media coverage.
April 30, 2004
Luis Murillo: The Quintessential Partner
Partnerships for conservation—that’s what the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is all about. And partnerships are exactly what excite Luis Murillo.
April 25, 2004
Expanding Ecotourism Opportunities for the Naso People of Northern Panama
Fifteen years ago the Panamanian army often dropped soldiers into the middle of the thick tropical forest with only a canteen and a knife to test the survival capabilities of its recruits.
Abril 15, 2004
Impulsarlos a hablar: Diálogos de Conservación para las ONG del Corredor Mesoamericano Sur
¿Qué puede aprender una grande y bien establecida organización no gubernamental basada en Ciudad de Panamá de pequeños grupos de base en la costa caribe de Nicaragua? Usted se sorprendería.
April 15, 2004
Get Them Talking: Conservation Dialogues for Southern Mesoamerican Corridor NGOs
What can a large and well-established nongovernmental organization based in Panama City learn from a small grassroots group based on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua?
April 12, 2004
Action Plan for West African Chimpanzees
A new action plan for the conservation of West African chimpanzees is already increasing momentum, networking and donor commitments in the Guinean Forests of West Africa biodiversity hotspot.
April 11, 2004
Keeping the Nujiang River Running
After running quietly through one of China's most remote areas for many years, the Nujiang River has become a hot topic because of a plan to build a series of power generation dams on the river.
March 30, 2004
Tracking Elephant Killings
The Long-term System for Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants project is charged with setting up on-the-ground monitoring of elephant populations in Africa and Asia.
March 20, 2004
New Protected Area Action for Indonesia and the Philippines
The governments of Indonesia and the Philippines announced actions in February that are key to preserving vital land for endangered species...
February 28, 2004
Peregrine Fund, Communities Stabilize Madagascar Fish Eagle Population
Despite damaging encroachment on its fish diet and forest habitat, the Madagascar fish eagle, one of the rarest birds of prey, is making a tentative comeback...
February 18, 2004
Local Leaders Declare New National Park in Sumatra
The governor of North Sumatra and the district head or bupati in the Mandailing District recently declared a new national park in Northern Sumatra...
February 11, 2004
Developing Legal Tools for Conservation
A new guide to private conservation tools is now available as part of a project by Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental to advance conservation of the Vilcabamba-Amboró conservation corridor in the Tropical Andes hotspot.
February 11, 2004
Sakalava Rail Sighted in Madagascar Wetlands
A survey team recently recorded the Critically Endangered Sakalava rail, one of Madagascar’s rarely seen birds, during a capacity-building project that included targeted surveys at high priority Important Bird Areas.
January 30, 2004
Connecting Conservationists In Africa
Information is key to effective conservation: collecting it, making sense of it and doing something with it.
January 26, 2004
Small Grants Programs Make Significant Progress in Atlantic Forest
CEPF now has in operation three small grant programs to provide support to the local coordination of its strategy in the Atlantic Forest biodiversity hotspot.
January 22, 2004
Chainsaws Confiscated in Palawan Community Direct Action
Three unregistered chainsaws used to cut down protected trees in Rizal have been confiscated in a Direct Community Action, bringing the total number of chainsaw confiscations in the Philippines province of Palawan to 12 in five months.
January 20, 2004
Leveraging SARS to Reduce Illegal Wildlife Trade in China
TRAFFIC East Asia is in the midst of a new project to combat illegal wildlife trade in China with the unlikely help of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.
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