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December 31, 2006
Awá Culture, Awá Nature
In their own language, the Awá people call themselves the Inkal Awá or “People of the Mountain.”
December 20, 2006
A New Biodiversity Corridor for the Atlantic Forest
In an important step toward establishing a new biodiversity conservation corridor in the state of Minas Gerais, the Brazilian town of Extrema recently became the first of 42 municipalities to implement a comprehensive sustainable management action plan.
December 14, 2006
Rare Campaigner in Sumatra Wins Women’s Creativity Award
The Women’s World Summit Foundation recently recognized conservation campaigner Tisna Nando’s remarkable achievements in the tsunami-ravaged province of Aceh.

December 14, 2006
Colombian Cafeteros Secure Sustainable Future with Conservación Valle
“Conservación Valle,” a sustainably produced premium coffee, recently went on sale across Colombia for the first time at the Juan Valdez chain of coffee shops.
November 30, 2006
Massive Effort Underway to Save Costa Rica's National Park System
Tourism in Costa Rica is at an all-time high, and surveys show that most visitors want to see the country’s renowned national parks, home to an eye-opening array of colorful plants and rare wildlife.

November 20, 2006
Mining Giant Commits to Conservation
The De Beers Group, the world’s largest diamond mining company, has committed more than $250,000 to continue development of ecological and financial tools for restoring lands degraded by mining in the Succulent Karoo biodiversity hotspot.
October 31, 2006
Time for Tea!
Free from caffeine and rich in the anti-oxidants that help protect the immune system, South Africa’s celebrated rooibos tea is now consumed in many parts of the world.
October 20, 2006
Conservation First for Bushmanland
After two years of careful planning and negotiation, Anglo Base Metals has strengthened its initial conservation commitment in South Africa.
September 30, 2006
Aceh’s Grassroots Resurgence
The pressures on Aceh’s remaining lowland forests have never been more intense.
September 25, 2006
CEPF Mourns Loss of Colleagues, Partners
The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund offers its deepest condolences to our colleagues at WWF and to the families and friends of all the victims of a tragic helicopter crash in Nepal on Saturday.
September 20, 2006
Donors Pledge $3.13 Billion for GEF
The Global Environment Facility recently received a record financial boost with donor countries agreeing to contribute $3.13 billion for environmental projects during the next four years.
August 30, 2006
Calling Nature’s Caretakers…
“We have been able to protect species such as the lesser kestrel, the Armenian mouflon, and a number of remarkable bats,” Gharakhanyan said.
August 20, 2006
World Heritage Recognition for China’s Panda Habitat
The U.N. Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization recently announced the protection of nearly 1 million hectares of panda habitat in the Mountains of Southwest China biodiversity hotspot.
July 30, 2006
Pemba’s Deepening Shade of Green
Visible for miles around against the dazzling blue of the Indian Ocean, the lush, dense forests of Pemba, Zanzibar’s second island, so struck the early Arab traders that they named the island "Jaziiratul Khadhraa" or "green island."
July 20, 2006
Local Fishermen Key to New Reserve
Brazil's protected area agency recently declared a new 100,000-hectare reserve in the northeastern state of Bahia that will secure a sustainable future for the area’s threatened species and the approximately 2,300 families who live there.
June 30, 2006
Partners in Peñablanca
For hundreds of years farmers in upland “barangays,” or subdistricts, in the northeastern region of the island of Luzon have practiced a form of slash and burn agriculture known locally as “kaingin.”
June 20, 2006
Six New Protected Areas for Mesoamerica Hotspot
The Dutch government recently committed more than $5 million in funding to a partnership that will use the resources to create at least six new protected areas in Guatemala’s Cuchumatanes area.
May 30, 2006
Unity in Action in Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone contains some of the last remnants of a highly biodiverse forest which once stretched across the whole of West Africa.
May 20, 2006
Renewed Support for Ngöbe-Bugle and La Amistad
New funding from the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund will help the Ngöbe-Bugle indigenous peoples in Panama better manage more than 420,000 hectares of land in and around the Amistad Biosphere Reserve.
April 30, 2006
Getting Connected Out on the Osa
By the middle of March, the Rancho Quemado on Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula used to be in bad shape. These days, however, Trino Ureña Granados has enough water to last through the dry season himself and to supply 200 others in the area.
April 20, 2006
New Fund for Protected Areas in the Caucasus
The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund has pledged $300,000 toward the start up of a Caucasus Protected Areas Fund, launched at a ministerial conference in Berlin in March.
April 12, 2006
Eastern Arc Biological Knowledge Leaps Forward
The World Conservation Union (IUCN) recently held its inaugural Plant Red Listing Workshop in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
March 30, 2006
Restoring the Balance of Life in the South Pacific
The Samoan island of Nu’utele in the Polynesia-Micronesia Hotspot may seem like a tropical paradise, but it has seen more than its fair share of death and disease.
March 20, 2006
Landmark Agreement Made with Government of Tanzania
The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund and the Government of Tanzania recently came to a significant agreement.
February 28, 2006
New Partnership to Launch Small Grants Program in Bolivia
The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund has teamed with Fundación Protección y Uso Sostenible del Medio Ambiente to launch a new small grants program.
February 22, 2006
Independent Review Praises CEPF's First Five Years
A recently completed external evaluation of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund concluded that the program has made strong overall progress toward achieving its main strategic objectives.
February 17, 2006
3,000 Visitors for China’s First Nonprofit Botanic Garden
The Shangri-La Alpine Botanic Garden in the Mountains of Southwest China Hotspot has brought in 3,000 long-distance visitors in its first six months.
January 30, 2006
Madagascar's Protected Area Network Grows by 1 Million Hectares in 2005
The Malagasy Minister of Environment, Water, and Forests officially created three new protected areas on Dec. 30, 2005.
January 20, 2006
Tackling Conservation with the Chachi
A few meters inside the boundary of the Gran Reserva Chachi in northern Ecuador’s province of Esmeraldas in the Tumbes-Chocó-Magdalena Hotspot, there lies a nearly finished canoe.
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