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New Partnership to Launch Small Grants Program in Bolivia

February 2006

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) has teamed with Fundación Protección y Uso Sostenible del Medio Ambiente (Fundación PUMA) to launch a new small grants program that will help communities manage their natural resources in and around protected areas in the Bolivian part of the Vilcabamba-Amboró conservation corridor in the Tropical Andes Hotspot.

Fundación PUMA is a nonprofit foundation that aims to change the relationship between human beings and nature so that both are sustained in a mutually beneficial way. Both Fundación PUMA and CEPF will contribute $500,000 for the program.

The foundation will administer the $1 million program, which it hopes to eventually expand to $50 million to make a long-term impact on biodiversity conservation in the region.

This program will help meet the CEPF strategic direction to encourage community-based biodiversity conservation and natural resource management, and would provide benefits beyond the CEPF investment period.

A special review and selection committee will determine funding ceilings, finalize details regarding future calls for proposals, and establish schedules and formats for proposal review and decisionmaking.

The foundation was created as part of a debt-for-nature swap between the U.S. and Bolivian governments in 2003 that established a $17 million fund to promote activities targeted toward the conservation, protection, and administration of Bolivia’s natural resources and biodiversity.

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