Protecting Nature's Hotspots for people and prosperity



​Hotspots Heroes
In recognition of its fifteenth anniversary in 2016, CEPF honored 15 grantees from around the globe. Learn about these "Hotspot Heroes" and their work protecting biodiversity through our story map. 


The North American Coastal Plain Recognized as the World’s 36th Biodiversity Hotspot
Researchers have identified a new biodiversity hotspot, the North American Coastal Plain biodiversity hotspot, which stretches from northern Mexico to southern Maine, runs along the coast and includes major U.S. cities, most notably New York City and Washington, D.​C.


Changing the perspective: Wetlands, not wastelands
More than 1 billion people make a living from wetlands. Protecting wetlands is critical to ensuring that these people continue to benefit from these ecosystems for their livelihoods — whether it be for fishing, rice farming, tourism or transport.


Conservation and the Sustainable Development Goals: CEPF grantees take action for a fruitful future in the Western Ghats of India
The CEPF mechanism is a part of the achievement of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and it is clealry demonstrated through CEPF's investment in the Western Ghats Region of India.


Developing Ecotourism to Conserve Biodiversity in Tunisia
Data from the World Bank shows that tourism in Tunisia brought in more than 6 percent of the country’s gross domestic product in 2013, with $2.86 billion in revenue from international visitors. With support from CEPF, AAO has been developing ecotourism activities for the conservation of KBAs in northern Tunisia since July 2013.


The 35 Wonders of the World: Photos of the world's biodiversity hotspots by the world's finest nature photographers
Developed in parallel with the publication of the 300th issue of Terre Sauvage magazine, the magazine, CEPF and the Nature Picture Library assembled a photographic exhibition featuring beautiful full-color images of life in the world’s biodiversity hotspots.


October 8, 2014
Protecting South Africa’s water for people and biodiversity
The people of the Eastern Cape don’t have to choose between economy and ecology, water or work. In fact, grantees of CEPF working in the region are showing that with coordination, cooperation and long-term planning, livelihoods and nature can not only co-exist, but thrive, together.​


October 6, 2014
Water, Biodiversity, Jobs: Eastern Cape & KwaZulu-Natal
The Mzimvubu River catchment zone makes fresh water available to 1 million human residents and the many other forms of life found in the Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany Hotspot. CEPF is supporting multiple NGOs in South Africa to improve the management of the Mzimvubu River catchment to ensure water quality and quantity for people and biodiversity.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​