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Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund

Founded in 2000, the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is a joint initiative of
l’Agence Française de Developpement (AFD), Conservation International (CI), the European
Union (EU)
, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Government of Japan and the World
that supports civil society actors in their efforts to conserve the world’s most severely
threatened ecosystems, known as biodiversity hotspots.

Funding from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) has been made available to CEPF for Madagascar and the Indian Ocean Islands through AFD as an accredited entity to the GCF.

The fundamental purpose of conserving ecosystems is to enable them to perform their
various functions, called ecosystem services, for the benefit and needs of people, including:
food security; water supply; energy supply; health security; material and economic
comfort; and the maintenance of cultural values and social cohesion.


Regional Implementation Team Madagascar Indian Ocean Islands Biodiversity Hotspot

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CEPF has enlisted a consortium of nongovernmental organizations to be its regional implementation team (RIT) in the hotspot.

Coordinated by IUCN NL and SAF/FJKM as regional team lead, the RIT includes SAF/FJKM for Madagascar, ID-ONG for Comoros, FORENA for Mauritius and SeyCCAT for Seychelles.

These organizations are working with CEPF to implement a five-year conservation strategy for the hotspot and build local civil society capacity.
The RIT can be reached via the following email address:


MADAGASCAR (6th to 9th September 2022)

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The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is releasing a call for Letters of Inquiry (LoIs) for organisations that address the conservation of biodiversity in the Madagascar and the Indian Ocean Islands Biodiversity Hotspot, and that meet the criteria set out in this call.

Please read the Call for Letters of Inquiry before applying to this call. Following calls may have different requirements.

CFP EN H300 1122


Eligible Countries: Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius and the Seychelles

Opening Date: Tuesday, 15 November 2022


Closing Date:

  • For Large Grants: Friday 23 December 2022 - 11:00 pm Eastern Time

  • For Small Grants: Thursday 2 February 2023 - 11:00 pm Madagascar Time Zone


Grant Size:

  • For Large Grants: Above US$50,000

  • For Small Grants: Up to US$50,000

How To Apply: Read the detailed instructions, criteria and restrictions in the calls for letters of inquiry, available further below.


  • For Small Grants: submit your application by the closing date as an e-mail attachment to Your application should be in English or French, and follow the templates provided in the call for small grant below. Entitle your e-mail with the following subject line: LOI_1/2022/SG_CEPF_”countries”/”your organization”. For example:

    • For Comoros: LOI_1/2022/SG_CEPF_COM/IUCN NL

    • For Mauritius: LOI_1/2022/SG_CEPF_MUS/IUCN NL

    • For Madagascar: LOI_1/2022/SG_CEPF_MDG/IUCN NL

    • For Seychelles: LOI_1/2022/SG_CEPF_SYC/IUCN NL

    • Multi-country: eg: LOI_1/2022/SG_CEPF_SYC_MDG_COM/IUCN NL

Link to the webinar
(English), here.

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