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Sept. 1, 2007
Support for Georgia’s Newest National Park
Mta-Bari, a Georgian NGO, will help more than 12,000 local residents better protect the buffer zone surrounding the country's newest national park.

July 2, 2007
Saving Armenia's Forests
Residents of an Armenian village are protecting and restoring their forests and managing their natural resources better. Their tree-planting efforts are also serving as a model for sustainable forestry across the Caucasus Hotspot.

September 2006
First Grantee Meeting a Success
Conservationists and scientists representing 35 nongovernmental organizations from five countries met to discuss their experiences, challenges, and achievements as CEPF grantees.

August 2006
Calling Nature’s Caretakers…
Working through partner organizations in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey, BirdLife International has recruited 31 local conservation heroes to extend its caretaker network in sites critical for the conservation of globally threatened species in the Caucasus Hotspot.

April 2006
New Fund for Protected Areas in the Caucasus
CEPF has pledged $300,000 toward the start up of a Caucasus Protected Areas Fund, which will provide up to 50 percent of the basic annual operating costs of protected areas having the highest biodiversity. This region’s protected areas have the greatest biological diversity of any temperate forest region in the world yet they face a critical funding shortage.

July 2005
World Bank and CEPF Strengthen Ties in Asia
Representatives from the World Bank, the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), and governments from several Asian countries met in late June at the third in a series of regional meetings to explore how to improve linkages between the CEPF initiative and Bank operations.

April 2005
28 Grantees for New Caucasus Small Grants Fund
Hot on the heels of last month’s announcement about Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) support to small grant funds in the Mountains of Southwest China and Succulent Karoo hotspots comes news of a new $1 million fund in the Caucasus Hotspot.

December 2004
Caucasus Coordination Team Reviews 260 Grant Proposals
The regional coordination team for Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund investments in the Caucasus Hotspot recently reviewed 260 grant applications submitted in response to the first call for proposals in the region.

October 2004
Partnership Profile: WWF Caucasus and CEPF

July 2004
Giorgi Sanadiradze: A Regional Leader in the Caucasus
The head of the WWF Caucasus Programme talks with us about himself, the challenge of coordinating CEPF strategy implementation in the Caucasus hotspot and the future.

June 2004
51 Globally Threatened Species Get New Lease on Life in the Caucasus
WWF, the conservation organization, and the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund announced an investment strategy and a high-level advisory council of governmental and nongovernmental representatives from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Russia and Turkey to help conserve the rich natural resources of the Caucasus.

August 2003
CEPF Set for Expansion
The CEPF Donor Council recently approved new ecosystem profiles and investment strategies for the partnership to expand to two new biodiversity hotspots: Caucasus and the Eastern Arc Mountains and Coastal Forests of Tanzania and Kenya.

October 2002
WWF Develops Framework for Investment in the Caucasus
CEPF has entered into a partnership with the WWF Caucasus Programme to determine strategic opportunities for future CEPF investments to do the most good in the Caucasus biodiversity hotspot, which spans approximately 420,000 square kilometers across six countries between the Black and Caspian seas.
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