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Vietnam among most favored hotspot

In Uncategorized on November 20, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Fund aims to conserve biodiversity hotspot

In Uncategorized on August 20, 2008 at 2:33 pm

HA NOI — A major new US$9.5 million, five-year investment in Indochina will be launched on Friday, aiming to conserve biodiversity by engaging with and building up the capacity of non-governmental organisations.

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) will be formally launched for the Indo-Myanmar Biodiversity Hotspot, one of the most threatened of Earth’s 34 biodiversity hotspots.

A call for Letters of Inquiry will be issued during a visit by the CEPF staff to BirdLife International in Indochina’s office in Ha Noi.

The CEPF investment covers the Indochinese region of this hotspot, which includes Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Viet Nam, and parts of southern China. This important new initiative is a collaboration between BirdLife International and the CEPF.

The CEPF is a joint initiative of Conservation International, L’ Agence Francaise de Development, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan, the MacArthur Foundation and the World Bank. A fundamental goal is to ensure the engagement and commitment of society in biodiversity conservation.

The CEPF will provide grants enabling non-governmental organisations, community groups, and other private sector entities to help conserve the hotspot. BirdLife International in Indochina will act as the Regional Implementation Team for the CEPF.

In Indochina, the combination of economic development and an increasing human population is creating unprecedented pressures on the region’s natural resources.

Over-exploitation has reached critical levels in many areas, compounded by a lack of effective planning and management in controlling these pressures.

Conservation activities supported by the CEPF will target funding gaps, especially for efforts to safeguard globally threatened species; develop innovative and locally-led approaches to site-based conservation; and reconcile biodiversity conservation and development objectives.

Conservation will focus on two large regions – the Northern Highlands Limestone corridor, and the Mekong river and major tributaries – and 28 key biodiversity areas within them. Sixty-seven animal species and 248 globally threatened plant species will also be priorities for the investment.

The Northern Highlands Limestone corridor bordering China and Viet Nam is particularly important for the conservation of primates. —