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The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), is a global organization whose aim is to support and empower local Civil Society Organizations involved in conservation and climate change mitigation initiatives. The CEPF decided to include Seychelles into its Madagascar and Indian Ocean hotspot (MADIO) Programme last year and calls for proposals were issued with the aim of supporting research institutes and local Civil Society Organizations (CSO) in the fields of climate change mitigation and conservation in order to build strong resilience against the adverse effects of climate change. The Seychelles Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust (SeyCCAT) is CEPF’s focal point for Seychelles.

The adverse impacts of Climate Change is affecting all aspects of our lives and the livelihoods of many. Consequently, several critical ecosystems throughout the world have been severely impacted, and if remedial and preventative action is not taken, the damage to these ecosystems could be irreparable. CEPF has mandated itself to identify these critical ecosystems and work with local partners, to provide funding and support to address these climate change challenges. The Madagascar and Indian Ocean Region, has been identified as one rich in diverse ecosystems with a high density of endemic and endangered species, with a high propensity to be negatively impacted by the impacts of Climate Change, such as global warming, sea level rise and extreme weather conditions. The MADIO Region is therefore one of the hotspots, being supported through the Fund.

What is the CEPF?

The CEPF is a joint initiative of l’Agence Française de Développement (AFD), Conservation International, the European Union, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan and the World Bank. Its fundamental goal is to ensure civil society is engaged in biodiversity conservation.

The Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius and the Seychelles are extremely vulnerable to climate change. People, agricultural land and infrastructure are concentrated in coastal areas, which are exposed to rising sea levels and increased frequency and severity of cyclones and other extreme adverse weather conditions. Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) promotes the conservation, improved management and restoration of ecosystems to provide the essential services people need to adapt to climate change and variability. While there are a few pilot projects, EbA funding is currently insufficient and civil society organizations (CSOs) are not sufficiently engaged.

In response to the challenges of climate change in the Indian Ocean island countries, CEPF has prepared a new program titled Ecosystem-Based Adaptation (EBA) in the Indian Ocean, financed by the Green Climate Fund (GCF), through AFD as the Accredited Entity. The new program provides targeted funding to mobilize CSOs in implementing EbA.

CEPF has enlisted a consortium of nongovernmental organizations to be its Regional Implementation Team (RIT) in the hotspot. Coordinated by IUCN NL, 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: cepfproposals@iucn.nl.


What kind of Grants are available through CEPF and Open Calls for Proposals

There are two types of grants available through CEPF.

  • Small Grants will support financing of not more than US 50,000 and
  • Large grants support any project whose funding will be more than US 50,000.

Calls for proposals for these grants, are done on yearly cycles and these calls are advertised on RIT website and also social media platforms. Instructions on how to apply are also given. Also, Training and de-briefing sessions are also organized in order to support interested parties to properly prepare their projects for submissions.

Calls for Proposals

Click this link here to access the current calls for proposals.

Before you apply

Understand what CEPF is looking for in a successful proposal. Each year, CEPF looks for proposals that focuses on one or more Investment Priorities as part of Strategic Directions as detailed in the ecosystem profile. Please visit this link before submitting any application.

Grievance Mechanism

The RIT will notify all grantees whether or not their application has been successful. Applicants can contact the relevant National RIT Focal Point in case of additional questions about the final decision. If the applicant is not satisfied with the response, a grievance may be submitted to IUCN NL. Read more about the grievance mechanism in the Operational Manual.

CEPF’s Newsletter

If you would like to know more about CEPF’s conservation initiatives in the Madagascar and Indian Ocean (MADIO) Region download the CEPF’s latest edition of its newsletter. Click on this link to access the newsletter.