Protecting Nature's Hotspots for people and prosperity


A participant ponders over her community action plan to improve its resilience toward climate change during a CEPF workshop in Burundi. Eastern Afromontane Hotspot. © Resilience Now – Claire Galvez-Wagler 

Since its creation in 2000, CEPF has engaged in many forms of learning and knowledge sharing with its grantees, regional implementation teams (RITs), donors and other stakeholders. Learning has always been a focus of CEPF through its emphasis on capacity building and sharing of experiences within and across biodiversity hotspots. 

Now CEPF is building a strategy to develop and implement a coordinated learning program that will meet the needs of our target audiences in a comprehensive manner. CEPF will be scaling up learning and outreach efforts and communicating the lessons learned, knowledge gained and information generated to a range of audiences. Grantees, RITs and donors are CEPF's most important audiences, however, CEPF also seeks to inform and influence others, such as government agencies and private sector entities. We expect to launch the Learning Strategy later this year.

Here is a sample of what you can expect to see in the future:

Calendar of CEPF's Learning Opportunities

The CEPF Secretariat, RITs and donors offer occasional learning activities. 

Check back for updates.

New Tools for Grantees

CEPF is taking steps to create new tools to build grantee capacity, both before and after a project begins. One new tool we are offering is an animated Learning Video Series. The first of these videos explains who is eligible to apply to CEPF for grant funding. The video is popular already with 360 views since January 2016. 

The Secretariat will begin working on additional video topics, as well as subtitled versions of the eligibility video in French, Spanish and Portuguese, which will be released in the coming months.

Sharing Tools that Work

CEPF's RITs and grantees have developed guidance materials and tools to improve their ability to administer, manage and implement their projects. When new grantees need to improve their accounting practices, financial management and monitoring and evaluation, or to develop documentation to comply with safeguard or other requirements, manuals, guidance materials and examples of top quality compliance documents, can be extremely helpful. We want to help share what already works!

CEPF will create a space to share examples of manuals, guidelines and other documentation, such as this fundraising manual: 

BirdLife International
English (PDF - 7.9 MB) / Arabic (PDF - 2.1 MB)

Sharing Information about the Work of Grantees

CEPF grantees have produced a variety of documents, videos, presentations and other means to share what they are achieving in the hotspots. CEPF will continue to support grantees to publicize their accomplishments by featuring these items, with the objective of promoting sharing of information, lessons and experiences. Most recently, videos have been produced in the Western Ghats, and these are found at the following link:

Resources to take on New Challenges

CEPF will provide support and tools to grantees to address new challenges in project implementation. For example, CEPF's new Gender Policy will ensure that CEPF staff, RITs and grantees understand and take into account the different roles of men and women in CEPF-related activities at all scales (e.g., RIT training, proposal design, project implementation and reporting). Gender issues and considerations will be actively incorporated throughout the grant-making process, and progress on gender-related outcomes will be monitored. In order to help RITs and grantees understand the policy and implement it, various tools and resources are being developed and will soon be available.

Lessons Learned

CEPF's Lessons Learned Series aims to allow those working in conservation to learn from the experiences of CEPF grantees. In the series, grant recipients share key lessons and challenges faced during project implementation, how their projects were affected, and the ways in which they adapted in response. CEPF encourages not only success stories, but also lessons learned from aspects of projects that did not work as planned. 

To date, more than 50 lessons learned have been included in the series. Although the lessons vary by project, many grantees have faced similar challenges, such as motivating local communities to participate, developing effective government engagement, and achieving sustainability to ensure the projects' long-term impact. Keys to success often include taking the time to meet with and understand the expectations of local communities, promoting positive results to communicate successes through media channels and garner public attention, and building and maintaining partnerships between public, private and community organizations.

Monitoring Change in Protected Area Management Effectiveness: Details About the Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool (METT)
English (PDF - 30 KB)

METT template provided by the GEF
English (EXCEL - 121 KB)

Report: Baseline Management Effectiveness in the CEPF Eastern Afromontane Hotspot Region
Hi-res (PDF - 2.9) / Lo-res (PDF - 1.6 MB)

Institutional Fundraising for Conservation Projects
English (PDF - 7.9 MB) / Arabic (PDF - 2.1 MB) French​ (PDF - 20.1 MB)

Orientation Webinar
The below presentations provide new grantees with an overview of CEPF processes, procedures and compliance requirements.