Annual Report

CEPF’s Goal

Protect biodiversity by strengthening civil society in the world’s biodiversity hotspots—places with high levels of biological diversity that are under extreme threat.




For more information, please visit www.cepf.net.

CEPF’s Approach

  • Donor partnership: Since 2000, CEPF has been bringing together global and regional donors to conserve biodiversity, strengthen civil society and support sustainable development.
  • Focused investment: On the basis of an assessment of opportunities and threats, CEPF donor partners choose which biodiversity hotspots to invest in as funding becomes available.
  • Participatory priority-setting: Grant making is guided by ecosystem profiles—analyses of the biodiversity and socio-economic conditions in each hotspot that are produced by, and in consultation with, local stakeholders. The result is a regional conservation strategy tailored to the most urgent needs, using practical solutions.
  • Local management: CEPF partners with a regional implementation team in the hotspot to help shepherd the investment and build local conservation leadership.
  • Grants to civil society: Civil society entities—including nongovernmental organizations, communities, indigenous peoples groups, universities and small businesses—apply for grants that are awarded on a competitive basis for projects that contribute to CEPF’s conservation strategy.
  • Enduring conservation: Projects funded by CEPF add up to a portfolio of complementary conservation actions addressing critical priorities while also building local conservation communities that will continue to lead protection of the hotspots after CEPF funding is completed.
  • Achieving global goals: The results achieved by CEPF grantees complement governments’ efforts to meet targets related to the U.N.’s Convention on Biological Diversity (the Aichi Targets), Framework Convention on Climate Change, and Sustainable Development Goals.


93 countries and territories benefited

2,305 grantees supported

US$232 million grants committed

US$371 million leveraged by those grants

14.8 million hectares protected areas created

46.5 million hectares Key Biodiversity Areas with improved management

8.1 million hectares of production landscape with improved management

1,250 Red Listed globally threatened species supported

3,067 communities


CEPF is a joint program of l’Agence Française de Développement, Conservation International, the European Union, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan and the World Bank.

For more information, please visit www.cepf.net.


Photo Credits

Linda's treefrog (Hyloscirtus lindae), Ecuador. © Lucas Bustamante / naturepl.com
Cachoeira da Velha, Jalapão State Park, Brazil, part of the Cerrado Biodiversity Hotspot. © Flavio Forner