In September 2017, CEPF completed its first five-year investment in conserving the Mediterranean Basin Biodiversity Hotspot. CEPF and its regional implementation team, led by BirdLife International, awarded 108 grants to 93 organizations for a total investment of US$10.7 million in Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cabo Verde, Croatia, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Morocco and Tunisia.
15 policies have been influenced by projects in 7 countries
81% of CEPF grantees in the hotspot were local or national organizations
72% of CEPF grantee organizations reported increased capacity (measured by Civil Society Tracking Tool)
8 new protected areas covering 27,651 hectares were established with the help of CEPF grantees
65 Key Biodiversity Areas benefited from CEPF grantee actions
51 Key Biodiversity Areas covering 2,177,809 hectares had management strengthened by CEPF grantees
1,485,000 hectares of productive landscapes had improved management
Grantee in Focus: Overgrazing in a biosphere reserve in Jordan has been tackled by United Society for Developing Water Resources and Environment by offering local villages a water-efficient hydroponic system to grow green fodder to feed livestock without degrading the soil or undermining native plants.
12 species on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species benefited from CEPF-funded projects
Grantee in Focus: Biosfera I in Cabo Verde took actions to conserve the Critically Endangered Razo lark (Alauda razae), including the reintroduction of the species to Santa Luzia Island through translocation of 30 birds.
130+ communities in the hotspot benefited from CEPF-funded projects
12,000 people had increased revenues through projects that developed sustainable livelihood activities
Grantee in Focus: To alleviate the unsustainable harvesting of wild medicinal and aromatic plants in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco and to provide alternative income for local people, Global Diversity Foundation helped communities establish two plant nurseries, producing 20,000 almonds and walnuts per year. A new water pipeline also improved drinking water for 50 families.
8 networks involving civil society organizations were created
Lebanon cedar (Cedrus libani), Lebanon. © O. Langrand
Ulcinj, Montenegro. © CZIP