East Melanesian Islands CEPF Summary

Established in 2000, the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is a global
leader in enabling civil society to participate in and influence the conservation of
some of the world’s most critical ecosystems. CEPF is a joint initiative of l’Agence
Française de Développement (AFD), Conservation International, the European
Union, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Government of Japan, the
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the World Bank. CEPF is
unique among funding mechanisms in that it focuses on high-priority biological
areas rather than political boundaries and examines conservation threats on a
landscape scale. From this perspective, CEPF seeks to identify and support a
regional, rather than a national, approach to achieving conservation outcomes and
engages a wide range of public and private institutions to address conservation
needs through coordinated regional efforts.

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