East Melanesian Islands hotspot: funding opportunities

In July, 2013, IUCN and the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) launched a $9 million, eight-year investment in the conservation of the globally important biodiversity found in the East Melanesian Islands.

Overview

CEPF funds non-governmental efforts to conserve the world’s most biodiverse and threatened ecosystems. CEPF is a joint program of l'Agence Française de Développement, Conservation International, the European Union, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan, the MacArthur Foundation and the World Bank. 

Over the eight-year time period, CEPF will invest $9 million in Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, and the island regions of Papua New Guinea (the provinces of Manus, New Ireland, East New Britain and West New Britain plus the Autonomous Region of Bougainville), to help conserve the rich, natural wealth of the hotspot and its many benefits to people. Accelerating levels of habitat loss, widespread commercial logging, mining, expansion of subsistence and plantation agriculture, human population increase and impacts of climate change are threatening the hotspot’s high numbers of endemic (unique) species.

How it works

IUCN will lead the CEPF Regional Implementation Team from 2013 to 2021, overseeing CEPF’s investment to support conservation in 20 key biodiversity areas covering a total area of 1.5 million hectares. Within the strategy, local communities are recognized as the ultimate custodians of biodiversity, and a range of approaches will be employed to empower communities and build supportive networks of civil society organizations at local, regional and national levels. Central to the sustainability strategy of the CEPF investment in the hotspot will be an explicit focus on capacity building for local and national civil society through partnerships, networks and mentoring.

The CEPF investment strategy for the East Melanesian Islands Hotspot has five strategic directions:

  1. Empower local communities to protect and manage globally significant biodiversity at priority key biodiversity areas underserved by current conservation efforts.
  2. Integrate biodiversity conservation into local land-use and development planning.
  3. Safeguard priority globally threatened species by addressing major threats and information gaps.
  4. Increase local, national and regional capacity to conserve biodiversity through catalyzing civil society partnerships.
  5. Provide strategic leadership and effective coordination of conservation investment through a regional implementation team.

The strategy for the hotspot is detailed in the ecosystem profile summary.

How to apply


Our first call for proposals in now closed. Please watch this space for future announcements.

For questions

Contact us at cepfeastmelanesia@iucn.org, tel: +679 331 9084, fax: + 679 310 0128.

  • A woman from Malaita Province performs a traditional dance, Solomon Islands.

    A woman from Malaita Province performs a traditional dance, Solomon Islands.

    Photo: IUCN

  • Montane Rainforest, Yus Conservation and Landscape, Papua New Guinea

    Montane Rainforest, Yus Conservation and Landscape, Papua New Guinea

    Photo: Ryan Hawk

  • Girls in a traditional ceremony in a village in Papua New Guinea.

    Girls in a traditional ceremony in a village in Papua New Guinea.

    Photo: ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies/Marine Photobank