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CEPF's Investment Strategy for Guinean Forest Conservation

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Civil society groups can contribute meaningfully to conservation efforts. To do so, they need not only funding, but also mentoring opportunities, innovative communication strategies and a common plan of action.

Since 2016, and until 2021, The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is investing a total amount of 10.1 million for the conservation of the Guinean Forests of West Africa Hotspot and the sustainable development of local communities.

CEPF’s investment niche in the Guinean Forests therefore provides civil society organizations at grassroots, national and international levels with the capacity and resources to establish and sustain long-term partnerships across sectors and borders that demonstrate models for sustainable growth, target the poorest populations and achieve priority conservation outcomes. Grantees are demonstrating models for reconciling biodiversity conservation with socio-economic development agendas.

BirdLife International is the CEPF Regional Implementation Team (RIT) for the Guinean Forests of West Africa biodiversity hotspot. 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.

 

Priorities of the CEPF investment in the hotspot

  1. Empower local communities to engage in sustainable management of 40 priority sites and consolidate ecological connectivity at the landscape scale.

  2. Mainstream biodiversity conservation into public policy and private sector practice in the nine conservation corridors, at local, sub-national and national levels.

  3. Safeguard priority globally threatened species by identifying and addressing major threats and information gaps.

  4. Build the capacity of local civil society organizations, including indigenous people’s, women’s and youth groups, to conserve and manage globally important biodiversity.

  5. Provide strategic leadership and effective coordination of conservation investment through a regional implementation team.

 

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