The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund is a global leader in empowering civil society to participate and benefit from the conservation of some of the most important ecosystems in the world
The fund was established in 2000 and is a joint initiative of l'Agence Française de Développement, Conservation International, the European Union, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan, the MacArthur Foundation and the World Bank. The Fund provides grants to non-governmental and private sector organizations to help protect biodiversity in hot spots and biodiversity-rich areas of the planet, which are still considered threatened.
The convergence between the need to preserve critical areas and the millions of poor people who rely heavily on healthy ecosystems for survival is more evident in hot spots than anywhere else. The distinctive feature of the Fund's approach is to empower civil societies to become more powerful and have a greater impact on biodiversity conservation. Accordingly, the Fund supports civil society groups to preserve their environment, influence decisions affecting their lives and livelihoods
Beneficiaries of grants from the Fund are from small agricultural cooperatives and NGOs to private sector partners and international organizations. Visit CEPF