The Investment Strategy
Four strategic directions will guide the CEPF investment. These strategic directions and their associated investment priorities were determined through an intensive consultative process with stakeholders and reflect the views of civil society in the hotspots.
Strategic Direction 1
1. Mainstream biodiversity into wider development policies, plans and projects to deliver the co-benefits of biodiversity conservation, improved local livelihoods and economic development1.1 Enhance civil society efforts to develop and implement local governmentand community-level planning processes to mainstream biodiversity conservation, and leverage donor and project funding for livelihood activities that explicitly address causes of environmental degradation.1.2 Promote civil society efforts and mechanisms to mainstream biodiversity conservation into national development policies and plans, and into territorial planning.1.3 Support civil society to build positive relationships with the private sector to develop sustainable, long-term economic activities that will benefit biodiversity and reduce poverty.
Strategic Direction 2
2. Improve the protection and management of the KBA network throughout the hotspot2.1 Increase the protection status (via creation or expansion of protected areas) and/or develop, update and implement management plans for terrestrial KBAs.2.2 Support the role of civil society organizations in the application of site safeguard policies and procedures, including the strengthening of environmental impact assessment implementation in order to address ongoing and emerging threats to KBAs.2.3 Advance the identification and prioritization of KBAs in Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.
Strategic Direction 3
3. Initiate and support sustainable financing and related actions for the conservation of priority KBAs and corridors3.1 Support civil society organizations to develop forest carbon partnerships and projects that advance biodiversity conservation at KBAs in Africa.3.2 Support civil society organizations to develop partnerships and projects for non-carbon payment for ecosystem services schemes and other market mechanisms in KBAs in Africa, particularly freshwater KBAs that influence freshwater biodiversity, livelihoods and health.3.3 Support training for civil society organizations in fundraising and project management, especially training such organizations at all levels with respect to emerging opportunities for sustainable financing for KBAs in Africa.3.4 Support the institutional development of civil society organizations in Eritrea, South Sudan and Yemen, and their role in the conservation of KBAs in their respective countries.
Strategic Direction 4
4. Provide strategic leadership and effective coordination of CEPF investment through a Regional Implementation Team4.1 Operationalize and coordinate CEPF’s grant-making processes and procedures to ensure effective implementation of CEPF’s strategy throughout the hotspot.4.2 Build a broad constituency of civil society groups working across institutional and political boundaries toward achieving the shared conservation goals described in the Ecosystem Profile.
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