CEPF Eastern Afromontane Hotspot

Agriculture Development in Eastern Afromontane


About the Eastern Afromontane Hotspot


CEPF provides grants for nongovernmental and private sector organizations to help protect biodiversity hotspots​, Earth’s most biologically rich yet threatened areas.

The Eastern Afromontane biodiversity hotspot—which stretches over a curving arc of widely scattered but biogeographically similar mountains from Saudi Arabia to Mozambique and Zimbabwe—is one of the Earth’s 35 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 $9.8 million in the region over a 5-year period. This will be disbursed via grants to civil society groups - community associations and other non-governmental organizations – to address the conservation threats facing the region.

BirdLife International, IUCN and the Ethiopian Wildlife and Natural History Society are collaborating to implement this investment, from 2012 to 2017. 



View current CEPF EAM projects and KBA locations all in one map! 

Below is an interactive map. Click the menu box on the left to open and close different layers:


Layer 1

View currently funded LARGE GRANTS (blue) and SMALL GRANTS (red); Click on the KBA in the scroll down menu (Layer 1) or on the pointer on the map, and you will read about the project. Pointers with a 'dot' are at CEPF Priority KBAs

Layer 2

View all KBA locations (dark green for CEPF Priority KBAs) You can also click on individual KBAs, scrolling down the menu (Layer 2). For more details about the KBAs themselves, please check the 'Resources' page, 'KBA information'




The Regional Implementation Team


BirdLife International, together with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Ethiopian Wildlife and Natural History Society (BirdLife in Ethiopia) form the Regional Implementation Team (RIT) for the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) investment in the Eastern Afromontane Hotspot (2012-2017). The investment will support civil society in applying innovative approaches to conservation in under-capacitated and underfunded protected areas, Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA) and priority corridors in the region.



The RIT will raise awareness of CEPF; solicit grant applications and assist organizations to make applications; review applications; give small grants and jointly make decisions with CEPF on large grants; and monitor and evaluate progress with the investment strategy.


The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is a joint initiative of l’Agence Française de Développement, Conservation International, the European Union, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan, the MacArthur Foundation, and the World Bank. A fundamental goal is to ensure civil society is engaged in biodiversity conservation. More information on CEPF can be found at