Since its inception in 2000, CEPF has strived to safeguard some of the world’s most biologically rich ecosystems by supporting civil society in implementing stakeholder-informed conservation strategies in biodiversity hotspots. The following data demonstrate the impact CEPF has had on a global scale through the projects implemented by its grantees within four impact categories: biodiversity, human well-being, civil society capacity and enabling conditions.


Human Well-Being

Since CEPF’s inception, at least 67,000 people have benefited from training via CEPF-funded projects. This includes training that leads to improved nutrition, increased income and expanded production. Topics include beekeeping, gardening, horticulture, organic practices and sustainable fisheries.
In fiscal year 2016, increased income was reported for nearly 34,000 people living in four selected biodiversity hotspots: Eastern Afromontane, Indo-Burma, Madagascar and Indian Ocean Islands, and Mediterranean Basin.

Civil Society Capacity

Average Percentage Change in Civil Society

Overall average increase: 12 percent

* Note: CEPF gathers this data via the Civil Society Tracking Tool, which CEPF began using in 2010. The chart includes data for 117 grantees, the number of grantees who had completed assessments by the end of fiscal year 2016.

Note: CEPF defines “networks/partnerships” as a connection (alliance, network, partnership) among civil society groups and possibly other sectors. The relationship can be either formal or informal, but it must have a lasting benefit beyond the immediate project. Examples include an alliance of fisherfolk to promote sustainable fisheries practices; a network of environmental journalists; a partnership between an NGO and a private sector partner to improve biodiversity management on private lands; and a working group focusing on reptile conservation.

Enabling Conditions

Sustainable Financing Mechanisms Benefiting from CEPF Support

Sustainable Financing Mechanisms Benefiting from CEPF Support

Photo Credit

Panther chameleon, Madagascar. © Russell A. Mittermeier