Forming a land bridge between two continents, the Mesoamerica biodiversity hotspot features species representative of North and South America, as well as its own unique wildlife.
The jaguar, spider and howler monkeys, Baird's tapir, and the unusual horned guan are found here. The region is a critical flyway for at least 225 migratory species. Three of the Western Hemisphere's four migratory bird routes converge in Mesoamerica.
In Northern Mesoamerica, CEPF focuses predominantly on Belize, Guatemala, and Southern Mexico.
The partnership targets two priority areas for conservation: the Selva Maya conservation corridor which extends throughout the southeast of Mexico over the province of Petén in Guatemala and throughout Belize and the Selva Zoque and Chiapas/Guatemala Highlands corridor which includes the key biodiversity areas of the Selva Zoque in Oaxaca; Chiapas and Veracruz; the Sierra Madre of Chiapas; and Cuchumatanes and the Sierra de las Minas in Guatemala.
Four strategic directions guide CEPF's approach in the northern region:
In Southern Mesoamerica, CEPF focuses on Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Panama.
The partnership targets three priority areas: the Cerro Silva-Indio Maiz-La Selva corridor between Nicaragua and Costa Rica; the southern Talamanca region connecting with the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica; and the northern Talamanca-Bocas del Toro corridor between Costa Rica and Panama.
Four strategic directions guide CEPF's approach in the southern region: