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Enabling conservation action is a cornerstone of Conservation International's (CI) strategic approach.

We manage an array of mechanisms to directly finance conservation efforts by our field programs and partners in ways that benefit nature and people alike.

To meet the critical need to increase funding for biodiversity conservation, we aim to make 50 percent of our annual budget available to partners.

CI's three funds bring together diverse partners, both at the donor level and on the front line. They work in complementary ways and leverage each other's investments to meet an overarching goal of maximum conservation outcomes per dollar spent.
  • The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund - a joint initiative of CI, the Global Environment Facility, the government of Japan, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the World Bank - provides funding to engage civil society in safeguarding biodiversity hotspots.
  • The Global Conservation Fund - capitalized with a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation - finances the creation, expansion and long-term management of protected areas in hotspots, high-biodiversity wilderness areas and key marine regions.
  • Verde Ventures - capitalized by the International Finance Corporation, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and Starbucks Coffee Company - invests in businesses that are strategically important to biodiversity conservation in hotspots, high-biodiversity wilderness areas and key marine regions.

As of January 2006, the three funds support to CI field programs and partners totaled more than $104 million in commitments. Some 600 partners have received grants and loans from the funds for a wide range of activities, from establishing new protected areas to integrating conservation into land-use and development planning.

The result: multiplied conservation outcomes around the world.

Resources and Links
CI Wide
CEPF Newsletter: Subscribe to CEPF E-News
Conservation Funding Division Brochure: Ensuring a Future for Life (1 mb PDF)
Press Release: GCF FY 05 Annual Highlights
In Focus Feature: Tackling Conservation With the Chachi
Partnership Profile: Equator Ventures

On the Web
Global Environment Facility: www.gefweb.org
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation: www.moore.org
Government of Japan: www.env.go.jp/en/
International Finance Corporation: www.ifc.org
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation: www.macfdn.org
Overseas Private Investment Corporation: www.opic.gov
Starbucks Coffee Company: www.starbucks.com
World Bank: www.worldbank.org


© ForesTrade Inc.
Verde Ventures support is enabling 250 Indonesian vanilla farmers to protect more than 12,000 acres of sensitive habitat in and around their farmland in Sumatra.

© WWF Caucasus
Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park in the Republic of Georgia is one of the key biodiversity areas for CEPF investment in the Caucasus hotspot.

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