Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund is a joint initiative of l’Agence Française de Développement, Conservation International, the European Union, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan, the MacArthur Foundation, the World Bank and Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust for Madagascar. A fundamental goal is designed to safeguard the world‘s biologically richest and most threatened regions, known as biodiversity hotspots

Created in 2000, a fundamental purpose of CEPF is to engage civil society, such as community and indigenous groups, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), academic institutions and private enterprises, in biodiversity conservation in the hotspots, whose Madagascar and Indian Ocean Islands Biodiversity Hotspot. To guarantee their success, these efforts must complement existing strategies and programs of national governments and other conservation funders. To this end, CEPF promotes working alliances among diverse groups, combining unique capacities and reducing duplication of efforts for a comprehensive, coordinated approach to conservation. One way in which CEPF does this is through preparation of “Ecosystem profiles” shared strategies, developed in consultation with local stakeholders, that articulate a multi-year investment plan for CEPF, informed by a detailed situational analysis

TANY MEVA FOUNDATION, regional implementation team for Madagascar and Indian Ocean Islands Biodiversity Hotspot (MAD IO)

Created in 1996, Tany Meva Foundation is the first Malagasy environment foundation recognized as public utility. With MGA 9.377 billion capital (USD 3,750 million), the Tany Meva Foundation is a sustainable financing institution for community projects with environmental purposes
Tany Meva Foundation as the regional implementation team of CEPF for MAD-IO Hotspot, promotes and coordinates the CEPF investment in the Hotspot

Strategic RIT ‘s goal : Provide strategic leadership and effective coordination of CEPF investment through a regional implementation team

Investment Priorities:
• Make operational and coordinate the allocation and monitoring process of the CEPF grants to ensure effective implementation of the strategy
• Foster the emergence of a conservation community beyond institutional and political boundaries to achieve conservation objectives

Directions and CEPF Investment Priorities for 2015-2020

The CEPF strategy in the Madagascar and Indian Ocean Islands Hotspot intends to support complementary actions at three levels:

• At the local level, by providing practical answers to conservation and development issues, working with local communities at priority sites (Strategic Direction 1)
• At the national level, by supporting national civil society organizations to increase their influence on decisions affecting biodiversity, through strengthening partnerships with the private sector and government authorities (Strategic Direction 2)
• At the regional level, by supporting the emergence of a regional conservation community, allowing organizations throughout the region to share experiences, taking advantage of the diversity of situations and expertise in the Indian Ocean (Strategic Direction 3)

Strategic Directions Investment Priorities
1. Empower local communities to protect and manage biodiversity in priority key biodiversity areas 1.1 Support local communities to design and implement locally relevant conservation and sustainable management actions that respond to major threats at priority sites
1.2 Support the development of economic models to improve both livelihoods and biodiversity conservation
1.3 Build the technical, administrative and financial capacity of local organizations and their partners
2. Enable civil society to mainstream biodiversity and conservation into policy making and business practices 2.1 Support local research institutions to improve basic knowledge of biodiversity of priority ecosystems
2.2 Support civil society to disseminate biodiversity information and influence political and economic decision-makers in favor of biodiversity and conservation priorities
2.3 Explore partnerships with private sector stakeholders to promote sustainable practices that deliver positive impacts for conservation
3. Strengthen civil society capacity at national and regional levels through training, exchanges and regional cooperation 3.1 Foster the emergence of a new generation of conservation professionals and organizations through small grants for technical and practical training
3.2 Encourage exchanges and partnerships between civil society organizations to strengthen conservation knowledge, organizational capacity, management and fundraising skills