The Madagascar and Indian Ocean Islands Hotspot includes the island of Madagascar, thought by many to be the world's top conservation priority due to its remarkable biodiversity and extensive deforestation.
Often considered a mini-continent, Madagascar is famous for reptiles such as chameleons and more than 50 different kinds of lemurs—unique primates found only on the islands in this hotspot.
The CEPF strategy is based on conservation planning and implementation efforts undertaken during the past decade. The strategy builds on initiatives such as those put forth under the auspices of the National Environmental Action Plan and recommendations that emerged from Madagascar's Conservation Priority-Setting Workshop.
CEPF supports the development of biodiversity conservation corridors between existing parks and reserves, as well as the creation of new corridors.
Six strategic directions guide CEPF's approach in Madagascar: