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. 

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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


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