Eastern Afromontane hotspot news


The Eastern Afromontane biodiversity hotspot is one of the Earth’s 36 biodiversity hotspots, the most biologically rich yet threatened areas around the globe. The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is investing USD 12 million in this amazing hotspot (2012-2019). BirdLife International is the Regional Implementation Team (RIT) that facilitates this investment.

CEPF supports civil society groups to conserve Key Biodiversity Areas, and the species who live at these priority sites, in the region. This page provides news from the field, to show you who has been implementing this much-needed work, where, how, and to what effect.

No mountain is too high, no species too 'uncharismatic', no threat too scary - CEPF grantees are going out of their way to protect this region's unique biodiversity. Read their stories, here below.

Trekking root towards the lodge
Walk the walk Basic page 25 September 2017
Ecotourism in Ethiopia  
Verreauxs eagle.
Celebrating 5 years of CEPF investment in the Eastern Afromontane Hotspot Basic page 7 September 2017
  After 5 years of CEPF investment across the Eastern Afromontane Hotspot, we would like to share some good news - and some amazing images  
LEM Ethiopia
THIS IS OUR LAND Basic page 5 September 2017
Restoration of degraded land in Ethiopia inspires local community to participate in conservation  
Nigussie stakeholders visiting project site
SOME LIKE IT HOT Basic page 28 August 2017
A CEPF-funded project in Ethiopia conserves indigenous Cordia trees through local pepper production  
Stamp of labeobarbus
…and thanks for all the fish Basic page 17 August 2017
CEPF-funded project in Ethiopia protects endemic fish species in Lake Tana
Exercise time © EAM RIT
Conservation in a Social Context News 30 June 2017
Biodiversity conservation is ultimately a social process. CEPF grantees in the Eastern Afromontane hotspot learned how to work better with people to protect nature more effectively.
Women conservationists involved in CEPF funded projects © Anthony Ochieng
Female conservationists agree to bridge gender gap in conservation News 10 May 2017
Women in conservation involved in CEPF funded projects in the Eastern Afromontane Hotspot meet in Rwanda.
Stunning panoramic of Flamingos at Lake Bogoria © Anthony Ochieng
Volunteer conservationists draw attention to Lake Bogoria News 7 April 2017
Lake Bogoria is a great attraction for tourists, but it is also an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area, hosting flocks of Lesser Flamingos and hot springs.
Some of the trainees in the highlands of Yemen ©Hakim Aulaiah
Biodiversity conservation in Yemen – joining forces for the future News 19 October 2016
Conservationists in war-torn Yemen are organising themselves to be ready for conservation action - when it is safe again.
Igamba Falls on the Malagarasi River, Tanzania ©John Friel
Malagarasi river finds favor with local women News 14 October 2016
In the Malagarasi River basin in Tanzania, a CEPF-funded project – through the small grants programme managed by BirdLife International – engaged women to help conserve one of the world’s most important parts of the Eastern Afromontane hotspot.
A young chimpanzee in Mahale National Park ©Daniel Rosengren/FZS
The Chimpanzee Motorway - Connecting Forest Habitats in Western Tanzania News 6 October 2016
The boundaries of a new proposed Forest Reserve in the Greater Mahale KBA in Tanzania (Eastern Afromontane hotspot) have been approved by the District Authorities.
Sedimentation in Lake Kivu, fish breeding sites are threatened ©ACNR
Efforts to enhance climate change resilience in the Lake Kivu and Rusizi River Basins News 18 August 2016
The CRAG project is applying various conservation approaches and activities, such as integrated water management; ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change; soil erosion, pollution and forest management; and community livelihoods, which have impact across a landscape gradient in ways that directly benefit human wellbeing and the biodiversity.