AKP Phnom Penh, August 30, 2013 – The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) have launched a US$10.4 million, five-year investment in the conservation of the globally important biodiversity found in the Indo-Burma region including Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, plus parts of southern China.
According to the IUCN’s press release issued this morning, the funding will be delivered in the form of small and large grants to civil society organizations – both NGOs and the private sector to enable them to run projects that will conserve biodiversity.
“The CEPF grants for Indo-Burma offer a fantastic opportunity to support civil society organizations working on conservation issues in one of the most threatened biodiversity hotspots in the world. IUCN is delighted to be leading this initiative, and looks forward to working with partners across the region to make a real difference for conservation,” said Dr Scott Perkin, Head of the IUCN Biodiversity Conservation Programme, Asia and Manager of the CEPF Fund for Indo-Burma Biodiversity Hotspot Conservation.
The Indo-Burma region ranks among the world’s top 10 biodiversity “hotspots”, a term which is used to describe the planet’s most biologically rich and threatened regions. The Indo-Burma Hotspot includes all non-marine parts of 6 countries. Along with its high levels of plant and animal endemism, and limited remaining natural habitat, Indo-Burma is also home to more people than any other hotspot, and its remaining natural ecosystems are subject to intense and growing pressure from habitat loss and over-exploitation of natural resources, it added.