The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) empowers people in developing and transitional countries to protect the world’s biodiversity hotspots—some of the most biologically richest yet threatened ecosystems that are vital to humanity.
By providing grants to civil society—nongovernmental, private sector and academic organizations—CEPF implements conservation strategies that are developed with local stakeholders. These investments are especially important because the hotspots are home to millions of people who are impoverished and highly dependent on nature for survival.
The fund 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.
As one of the founding partners, Conservation International administers the global program through a CEPF Secretariat.