Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF)
The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund empowers people to be good stewards of the planet, so they and future generations continue to benefit from its life-sustaining resources like clean air, fresh water and healthy soils. The partners of CEPF that include the Government of Japan, the French Development Agency, Conservation International, the European Union, the Global Enviornment Facility and the MacArthur Foundaiton, believe that civil society is uniquely positioned to conserve some of Earth’s most biologically rich yet threatened eco-systems. CEPF provides grants to nongovernmental and private organizations so they can conserve these critical ecosystems located in biodiversity hotspots. The investments are even more meaningful because these are home to millions of people who are impoverished and highly dependent on natural resources.