Protecting Nature's Hotspots for people and prosperity

Sites & Databases


External sites and databases with some of the most extensive data, research findings and information on the wealth of biodiversity hotspots and a variety of civil society initiatives that we support, plus links to other useful sites and databases.

IN FOCUS: Forest Regeneration in Tanzania
This site has a comprehensive identification guide for the seed, seedlings and fruits of the East Usambara Mountains and photos of the many endemic plants and animals. It also shows how members of local communities are involved in research and links to several key resources.

other sites & Databases We've Helped Create

ARKive is the aultimate multimedia guide to the world's endangered species. Explore and search for videos, photos and facts about the world's endangered biodiversity.

Cape Action for People and the Environment (CAPE)
CAPE is a partnership of government and civil society aimed at conserving and restoring the biodiversity of the Cape Floristic Region and the adjacent marine environment, while delivering significant benefits to the people of the region.

Corredors de Biodiversidade da Mata Atlantica
Find comprehensive Portuguese language listings, chat forums, and many other resources focusing on the Atlantic Forest Hotspot.

Coastal Forests of Tanzania and Kenya
This site has vital information on nearly 200 forests in the region including most of the known knowledge of the coastal forests. Research the extensive compilation of publications on the state of, and pressures facing, these forests.

This site houses information on more than 1,000 conservation projects in the Americas, including at least 100 CEPF-supported projects. It has a searchable database, award-winning projects and indices of migratory species and sustainable tourism.

Global Amphibian Assessment
See the findings of the first study of all amphibian species known to science to assess their conservation status. Search more than 5,900 species by name, taxonomy, country, region, habitat type, threat type, or IUCN Red List status.

Global Invasive Species Database
An extensive database that focuses on alien species that threaten native biodiversity, it covers all taxonomic groups from micro-organisms to animals and plants and helps identify effective prevention and management activities. Search by species, location, habitat, and more.

Global Mammal Assessment
Results from a comprehensive assessment of the conservation status of the world's 5,488 species mammal species. Here you will find global summary statistics for the assessment, as well as individual species accounts including IUCN Red List threat category, range map, ecology information and other data for every mammal species.

Grupo de Trabajo Interoceanica Sur Puno 
This informative web site was developed by a CEPF supported project in Puno, Peru as a means of communicating locally regarding the various infrastructure projects impacting this region. El blog que ha desarrollado el grupo de trabajo de la sociedad civil de Puno para el tema de la Interoceánica. 

Izele is an online social network for the managers of conservation areas to share information, photos and maps with project partners, neighbors and visitors. The initial creation of Izele was funded by CEPF through a small grant in the Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany Hotspot.

Explore this interactive site that highlights an extensive study of the biodiversity, human impact, and the efforts to preserve the remaining forests and animal species on the island. Photos and videos help tell the history of Madagascar, and the people and animals that live there today.

Madagascar Vegetation Mapping Project
See the results of a three-year study, including the interactive and PDF versions of the map and vegetation classification list.

Plant Conservation Assessment in the Eastern Arc Mountains and Coastal Forests of Kenya and Tanzania
Thanks to a comprehensive study of targeted plants in the region, this site includes a compilation of existing information on the plants including previously published data, specialist knowledge, and new conservation assessments.

SKEP Database
This extensive, searchable database focusing on the Succulent Karoo Hotspot includes more than 12,000 references. Intended to support land-use planning and policymaking in the region, the SKEP Database contains literature dealing with the southern Africa Arid Zone dating from 1759 to 2007.

Survey of Cederberg Amphibians and Reptiles for Conservation and Ecotourism
Find detailed information on a vast array of amphibians and reptiles that are endemic to South Africa's Greater Cederberg Biodiversity Corridor including their biology, distribution, and conservation status.

The Umzimvubu Catchment Partnership Programme aims to conserve the full extent of the Umzimvubu River system through the sustainable restoration and maintenance of the catchment area. This website is a forum for implementing partners and information clearinghouse for all parties.​

Other Useful Sites & Databases

2010 Biodiversity Indicators Partnership
Hosted by the UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre, this site is a unique portal providing comprehensive information on global biodiversity indicators and trends with an emphasis on reporting towards the 2010 Biodiversity Target for the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Biodiversity Hotspots
This site is a vast resource with extensive information on the 34 global biodiversity hotspots. Get basic information and vital statistics for each hotspot, including unique biodiversity, human impact, and conservation action. You can also search the database of all threatened species in any hotspot.

Convention on Biological Diversity
The CBD is an international treaty to sustain the rich diversity of life on Earth. The site is a comprehensive resource about its programs, related research, environmental news, and more.

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species
The convention is an agreement between governments to prevent trade of specimens of animals and plants from threatening their survival. Get information on the organization and search its databases of species and trade, identification manual, and more.

Convention on Migratory Species
Aimed at conserving terrestrial, avian and marine species throughout their range, the convention has been joined by more than 100 nations. The site allows access to official convention documents, publications, and activities for numerous species.

Countdown 2010
The site of a network of partners working toward the 2010 Biodiversity Target of the Convention on Biological Diversity. The Countdown 2010 Secretariat – hosted by the IUCN Regional Office for Pan-Europe – facilitates and encourages action, promotes the importance of the 2010 Biodiversity Target and assesses progress towards 2010.

Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
More than 1,300 experts studied the world’s ecosystems from 2001-2005 and appraised conditions and trends. This site allows you to research their findings that contain scientific bases for conservation and sustainability.

Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk
This site includes a compilation of reference information on exotic plant species of known or potential threat to Pacific island ecosystems.

Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
Working for the conservation and wise use of wetlands around the world, the site contains key documents, extensive list of wetlands of international importance, handbooks for wise use, and much more.

Red List of Threatened Species
Search the IUCN’s comprehensive database for the conservation status of species, subspecies, varieties and selected subpopulations. You can search by region, threat type, habitat type and more.

UNESCO World Heritage Convention
From the Minaret and Archaeological Remains of Jam in Afghanistan to the Matobo Hills of Zimbabwe, search the list and find in-depth information on more than 850 places that the World Heritage Council deems as having outstanding international value.

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
The official site for this international treaty that aims to stabilize the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere at a level that prevents dangerous man-made climate changes.

World Bank Climate Change Beta Site
This new climate change beta site is a preview of broad changes being contemplated for the World Bank's overall Web site. It consolidates the best of the Bank’s climate change content in a data-rich and interactive format.  ​​​

See Also
: Links to the hundreds of Web sites maintained by our grant recipients
CEPF Project database: Summaries of  CEPF grants awarded to date, as well as reports and other resources related to individual grants
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