CEPF Expands to Nine Hotspots

March 2002

This year marks a major expansion for the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), with grants for conservation projects now available in six additional biodiversity hotspots.

The total amount available in these hotspots is $41.5 million over five years.

The hotspots newly eligible for funding—Atlantic Forest Region, Cape Floristic Region, Chocó-Darién-Western Ecuador, Mesoamerica, the Philippines and Sundaland—are among the biologically richest and most endangered areas on Earth. In some hotspots, CEPF targets specific areas, such as Sumatra in Sundaland, for maximum impact.

For each of these hotspots, CEPF has developed an ecosystem profile identifying the niche for CEPF investments to have the greatest value.

These strategic directions for investment are key: each project must meet one of these for approval. Potential grantees can download the profiles in PDF format in multiple languages or view the profile text in English in our Where We Work section.

In December, the CEPF Donor Council also approved additional funding for the Guinean Forests of West Africa, Madagascar and Tropical Andes hotspots.