Helmsley Charitable Trust contributes to CEPF
The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust announced new funding of US$900,000 to conserve the unique biodiversity of Madagascar and support local communities via a grant to CEPF. The new funding for Madagascar builds on CEPF’s US$7.5 million conservation program in the Madagascar and Indian Ocean Islands biodiversity hotspot. “As the Malagasy leadership takes tremendous steps toward environmental conservation, we are thrilled to support CEPF’s collaborative efforts to enable civil society to participate in the protection of critical ecosystems alongside governmental partners,” said Renu Saini, program officer of the Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Conservation Program.
CEPF completes eight-year program in India
CEPF held its final assessment workshop for the US$6 million, eight-year (2008–2015) investment in the Western Ghats, India, part of the Western Ghats and Sri Lanka biodiversity hotspot. The funds supported 108 projects and 56 civil society organizations. More than 120 participants gathered at the Bangalore workshop to share conservation results and exchange lessons learned. One example of results achieved is the adoption of sustainable agricultural practices by 34 tea and coffee estates covering more than 19,000 hectares of land, as well as commitments from major international brands to source supplies from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms in the region.
Display of biodiversity hotspot photo exhibit continued worldwide
The “Wonders of the World” exhibit, featuring stunning photos of the landscapes and species found in the biodiversity hotspots, was featured at the 2015 Green Week, the biggest annual conference on European environment policy, in Brussels, June 3–5. The Brussels show was one of several during the 2015 fiscal year, when the exhibit also made appearances in Lebanon, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Australia and South Korea. Since its debut in Paris in January 2014, the exhibit—developed by Terre Sauvage magazine, the Nature Picture Library and CEPF—has been displayed in more than 30 countries and territories, and has been viewed by thousands of people. The exhibit is presented in partnership with Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux–LPO, l’Agence Française de Développement, and le Ministère des Affaires Etrangères et Européennes.