MERN and IUCM held a meeting with MERN’s member organizations and some conservation INGOs to develop a long term vision of CEPF. The main topics are conservation practice and research, civil society capacity, sustainable financing, finding priorities and set measurable targets for CEPF funding over the next 15 year until 2030. The targets and priorities defined in this meeting helped to shape CEPF’s national program, especially for identifying the kinds of capacity and organizational support that environmental organizations would find most useful.
The meeting covered how CEPF can support progress on topics and adapt them to the national context. Participants discussed on suggested criteria, considered possible targets and provided milestones upon following five conditions, for hotshots to be able to have the graduation conditions.
Graduation condition 1. Conservation priorities and best practices
Global conservation priorities (e.g., globally threatened species, Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs), reservoirs of natural capital, etc.) and best practices for their management are identified, documented, disseminated and used by public sector, private sector, civil society and donor agencies to guide their support for conservation in the hotspot.
Graduation condition 2. Civil society capacity
Local civil society groups dedicated to conserving conservation priorities collectively possess sufficient organizational and technical capacity to be effective advocates for, and agents of, conservation and sustainable development for at least the next 10 years.
Graduation condition 3. Sustainable financing
Adequate and continual financial resources are available to address conservation of global priorities for at least the next 10 years.
Graduation condition 4. Enabling policy and institutional environment
Public policies, the capacity to implement them, and private sector business practices are supportive of the conservation of global biodiversity.
Graduation condition 5. Responsiveness to emerging issues
Mechanisms exist to identify and respond to emerging conservation issues.
This kind of long-term vision meeting was already held in Vietnam in July 2015. There will be same meeting in countries in Indo-Burma Hotspot region and in other hotspot regions in the world. The CEPF secretariat will summarized the reports from all regions and will develop and revise its’ long-term vision.