The Eastern Afromontane biodiversity hotspot — which stretches over 7,000 kilometers of widely scattered but biogeographically similar mountains from Saudi Arabia to Mozambique and Zimbabwe — is one of the Earth’s 36 biodiversity hotspots, the most biologically rich yet threatened areas around the globe.
The region’s unique biological attributes, as well as its economic and cultural importance, led the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) to prioritize the region and develop a strategy for the investment of USD 9.8 million in the region over a 5-year period (2012-2017). This phase is now completed.
A second phase of USD 2.2 million started in 2017 and ended on 31 March 2020. This phase only covered the Eastern Afromontane (Albertine Rift and Eastern Arc Mountains) portions of Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.
The CEPF investment supported civil society in applying innovative approaches to conservation in under-capacitated and underfunded Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA) in the region. Grants were disbursed through targeted calls for proposals to civil society groups - community associations and other non-governmental organizations – to address the conservation threats facing the region.
BirdLife International was the Regional Implementation Team (RIT) for the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) investment in the Eastern Afromontane biodiversity hotspot.