CEPF and IUCN invite for biodiversity conservation projects in the Indo-Burma Hotspot

20 August 2013 | Article

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), in its role as the Regional Implementation Team (RIT), and Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) invite Letters of Inquiry (LoIs) from non-government organisations, community groups, private companies and other civil society organisations for biodiversity conservation projects in the Indo-Burma Hotspot.

The Indo-Burma Hotspot comprises all non-marine parts of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, plus parts of southern China. With its high levels of plant and animal endemism, and limited remaining natural habitat, Indo-Burma ranks among the top 10 biodiversity hotspots for irreplaceability and the top five for threat. Indo-Burma holds more people than any other hotspot, and its remaining natural ecosystems, already greatly reduced in extent, are subject to intense and growing pressure from habitat loss and over-exploitation of natural resources.

In 2013, CEPF will complete its first five-year investment phase in the hotspot and launch a second phase. The second phase of CEPF investment will focus on the highest priorities for conservation in four priority corridors plus Myanmar, and address threats to 151 priority species. The CEPF investment strategy will attempt to bridge the gap between development and conservation needs, improve protection and management of priority sites and species, and support the development of the civil society component of the hotspot’s conservation community.

This is the first call for LoIs issued by IUCN and CEPF for the Indo-Burma Hotspot under the second phase of investment (2013-2018). The deadline for receipt of LoIs is 17:30 (Bangkok time) on Monday 9th September 2013.

About the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is designed to safeguard Earth’s biologically richest and most threatened regions, known as biodiversity hotspots. CEPF is a joint initiative of l’Agence Française de Développement, Conservation International, the European Union, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the World Bank, and in the Indo-Burma hotspot is also supported by the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation. A fundamental goal is to ensure civil society is engaged in biodiversity conservation.