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Grantees, Regional Implementation Team, CEPF Secretariat and stakeholders at the CEPF Mediterranean Mid-term Assessment in Ulcinj, Montenegro, 2015 © Shaun Hurrell

Contact us

General enquiries


Liz Smith, Regional Implementation Team Manager
BirdLife International, Cambridge, UK
Email: Tel: +44 (0)1223 747578


Salwa Elhalawani, Small Grant Manager
BirdLife International, Cambridge, UK
Email: Tel: +44 (0)1223 747531


Regional Programme Team


Programme Officer for the Middle East
Sharif Jbour
BirdLife International – Middle East Division, Amman, Jordan


Programme Officer for the Balkans
Borut Rubinič
DOPPS – BirdLife Slovenia, Ljubljana, Slovenia


Programme Officer for North Africa
Awatef Abiadh
LPO – BirdLife France, Rochefort, France




Small Grant Coordinator for the Bal​kans
Milica Mišković

BPSSS – BirdLife Serbia, Novi Sad, Serbia


Small Grant Assistant for Albania
Granit Gashi
BPSSS – BirdLife Serbia, Kosovo



Communications Manager
Shaun Hurrell

BirdLife International, Cambridge, UK


Communications Officer
Dima Obeidat

BirdLife International – Middle East Division, Amman, Jordan
Email: Tel: +962 790899034





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*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. Additional small grant funding to the Balkans sub-region has been provided by the MAVA Foundation. A fundamental goal is to ensure civil society is engaged in biodiversity conservation.
CEPF is more than just a funding provider
A dedicated Regional Implementation Team (RIT) (expert officers on the ground) guide funding to the most important areas and to even the smallest of organisations; building civil society capacities, improving conservation outcomes, strengthening networks and sharing best practices. In the Mediterranean Basin Biodiversity Hotspot, the RIT is entrusted to BirdLife International and its Partners: LPO (BirdLife France), DOPPS (BirdLife Slovenia) and BPSSS (BirdLife Serbia).
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