During the 2015 fiscal year, CEPF awarded US$15.5 million in new grants, bringing the amount it has invested in conserving critical ecosystems since 2000 to US$191 million. By the end of the fiscal year, more than 2,000 grantees had received support from the fund since its inception.

CEPF secured commitments of US$2.6 million, including US$1.5 million from the World Bank, US$900,000 from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust targeted to the Madagascar and Indian Ocean Islands Hotspot, and $200,000 from the GEF Project Agency as an initial contribution toward the US$10.7 million grant that the GEF has since awarded to CEPF to enhance the mainstreaming of biodiversity conservation factors into development decision making and to expand and increase the effectiveness of CEPF grantee learning opportunities.

Investing commenced in the Wallacea, Tropical Andes, and Madagascar and Indian Ocean Islands biodiversity hotspots. Ecosystem profiling—the stakeholder-informed analysis that includes development of our funding strategy—for the Guinean Forests of West Africa moved forward after undergoing delays due to the outbreak of Ebola in the region. CEPF also completed profiling for the Cerrado Hotspot, and continued active granting in the Caribbean Islands, the East Melanesian Islands, Eastern Afromontane, Indo-Burma, Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany, and the Mediterranean Basin biodiversity hotspots. And in June 2015, CEPF held its final assessment workshop for its eight-year, US$6.1 million program in the Western Ghats Region of India.

CEPF Statement of Activities

For fiscal year ended June 30, 2015

Revenue FY15 Cumulative
Grants and Contributions 2,600,000 268,311,665
Gain (Loss) in Foreign Exchange (3,298,221) (1,612,479)
Interest Earned 177,856 2,719,123
Total Revenue (US$520,365) US$269,418,309
Expenses and Grants Awarded (Grants by funding region*)    
Atlantic Forest   10,010,403
Cape Floristic Region   7,551,147
Caribbean Islands 397,986 7,018,978
Caucasus   9,295,406
East Melanesian Islands 809,520 3,952,791
Eastern Afromontane 2,718,931 8,289,664
Eastern Arc Mountains & Coastal Forests (10,720) 8,812,442
Eastern Himalayas   4,882,859
Guinean Forests of West Africa   8,072,696
Indo-Burma   9,656,797
Indo-Burma Reinvestment 4,440,002 9,498,194
Madagascar & Indian Ocean Islands 2,224,638 7,780,239
Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany 166,282 6,645,816
Mediterranean 1,344,832 10,275,535
Mountains of Southwest China (600) 7,886,147
Northern Mesoamerica   7,079,430
The Philippines   6,970,399
Polynesia-Micronesia   6,828,576
Southern Mesoamerica   7,046,928
Succulent Karoo   9,220,999
Sundaland   9,901,465
Tropical Andes   8,287,386
Tropical Andes Reinvestment 1,800,000 1,800,000
Tumbes-Chocó-Magdalena   6,797,978
Wallacea 1,599,389 1,599,389
Western Ghats & Sri Lanka (185) 6,093,466
Total Grants US$15,490,075 US$191,255,130
Ecosystem Profile Preparation 452,285 10,474,105
Use of Interest: External Evaluations, Audit, and Special Projects 411,434 1,934,797
Donor-Funded Non-Recurring Activities (GEF-PPG) 125,534 125,534
Operations 2,985,731 34,387,592
Total Other Expenses US$3,974,984 US$46,922,028
Total Expenses and Grants Awarded US$19,465,059 US$238,177,158
Revenue Less Expenses (19,985,424) 31,241,150
Fund Balance at Beginning of Period 51,226,574  
Fund Balance at End of Period 31,241,150  
Fund Balance at End of Period Consisted of:    
Cash & Interest Accrued, Net of Amount Due to or from CI   43,187,263
Accounts Receivable   10,771,462
Grants Payable   (22,717,575)
Fund Balance at End of the Period (Fully Earmarked for Investments)   31,241,150

*The grant expenses include new grants awarded in FY15. Negative amounts represent deobligations.

Photo Credits

Hispaniolan yellow tree frog (Osteopilus pulchrilineatus), Haiti. © Robin Moore
Chimpanzee (P. troglodytes). © Forest of Hope Association