CEPF Investment in the Guinean Forests of West Africa Biodiversity Hotspot
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The Guinean Forests of West Africa Biodiversity Hotspot is one of eight biodiversity hotspots in Africa and Madagascar. It extends across the southern part of West Africa and into Central Africa north of the Congo Wilderness Area, covering 621,705 km2.
The Guinean Forests support impressive levels of biodiversity, having high levels of species richness and endemism. The hotspot hosts 9,000 species of vascular plants, 416 mammal species (representing nearly a quarter of the mammals native to continental Africa), 917 bird species, 107 reptile species and 269 amphibian.
At least 936 of these species are globally threatened. The hotspot is among the world’s top priorities for primate conservation, with five Critically Endangered and 21 Endangered species.
Section of the Guinean forests along the Kenema Kailahun Road in Sierra Leone © Lindsay Stark
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.
BirdLife International acts as 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.
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 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 www.cepf.net.