Dec 20

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) has appointed a BirdLife partnership to act as part of a regional team that will implement CEPF’s $10 million investment in conservation in the Mediterranean Basin. 

Mediterranean Basin image

Maquis vegetation on mountains in the Mediterranean Basin

Biodiversity hotspot

Uniquely located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa, the Mediterranean Basin is one of the most biologically rich and complex regions on Earth. With almost 12,000 of its species found nowhere else in the world, the Mediterranean Basin is considered to be one of the planet’s biodiversity ‘hotspots’, due to the region’s high level of endemism.

The region encompasses 34 countries and some 2 million square kilometres, making the development of a conservation plan for the Mediterranean Basin a complicated process. Current threats to the unique ecosystems of the Mediterranean include increasing pressure from tourism, development, overuse of resources such as water, and climate change. 

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The Spanish imperial eagle, endemic to the Mediterranean region

Investment in conservation

In order to conserve the exceptional biodiversity of the Mediterranean Basin, CEPF have been working with the MAVA Foundation, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, and other conservation organisations throughout the region to create a strategy known as the Mediterranean Basin Ecosystem Profile. This strategy will see the targeted investment of some $10 million into the Mediterranean region.

As part of the implementation team for this investment, the BirdLife partnership will provide local expertise and knowledge, and will create a network of groups across the region who will work to achieve the conservation goals of the strategy.

Head of BirdLife’s Middle East Division, Ibrahim Khader, says, “We are proud to be an implementing partner within this distinguished and creative partnership. The CEPF initiative is a significant investment in the basin, addressing critical and strategic funding to conserve the unique biodiversity, species and sites within this highly diversified area.

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Mediterranean scrub in spring bloom

Read the full story on BirdLife’s involvement – Conservation fund for the Mediterranean Basin gives key role to the BirdLife Partnership.

Read about the work of CEPF in the Mediterranean Basin.

Find out more about the Mediterranean Basin eco-region on ARKive.

Becky Moran, ARKive Species Text Author

Mar 30

Visit our new Atlantic forest pages to see stunning images and videos of the forest, and read about the fantastic biodiversity found there, the threats the forest is facing and the conservation projects working to protect this amazing place.

Photo of Atlantic forest canopy with flowering Cassia and Tibouchina trees

The Atlantic forest is the first of five new ARKive eco-regions which are being supported by HSBC as part of their HSBC Climate Partnership.

The Atlantic forest

The Atlantic forest is found on the east coast of South America and is one of the most diverse and biologically rich forests in the world, but also one of the most highly endangered. The huge diversity of plant and animal species, many of which are found nowhere else, has led to the designation of the Atlantic forest as a global ‘hotspot’ of biodiversity.

A menagerie of mammals

Home to an amazing array of mammals, including 26 endemic primates – from the largest of the New World primates, the northern and southern muriquis to the famous lion tamarins

Photo of a golden-headed lion tamarin

Today, surviving populations of the golden-headed lion tamarin are scattered and thinly distributed.

Other mammals found in the Atlantic forest range from the marsupial shrewish short-tailed opossum, to the rarest sloth in the world the maned three-toed sloth.

Photo of a maned three-toed sloth

Less than 5% of the maned three-toed sloth's Atlantic forest habitat now remains.

A plethora of plants

An incredible eight percent of the world’s plant species are found in the Atlantic forest, and more than half of the tree species are found nowhere else – including the threatened Brazilian rosewood, pau brasil and Parana pine.

Photo of Parana pine trees in forest

An important commercial timber species the Critically Endangered Parana pine has been over exploited for its high quality wood.

 A bonanza of birds and other biodiversity

With an estimated 936 bird species, 311 reptiles, 483 amphibians, more than 350 endemic fish species, over 2,120 butterflies and countless other invertebrates, it isn’t hard to understand why the Atlantic forest is such a special place and so important to conserve.

Photo of a red-browed amazon

The red-browed Amazon is found primarily in humid lowland forest patches of the Atlantic forest.

Visit our Atlantic forest pages to find more of the colourful variety of species which live in this stunning eco-region.


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