In its fourth year the CCI Collaborative Fund for Conservation has just awarded five new grants, totalling over £280,000, each of which addresses a priority for conserving global biodiversity.
Two of this year’s projects focus on mechanisms to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (also known as REDD+). One will create an on-line publically available legal resource to assist and empower stakeholders involved in the implementation of REDD+ policy, the other aims to integrate socio-economic needs into the design and impact of REDD+ schemes. Other projects supported this year will: identify trends and gaps in the protection of the world’s biodiversity allowing decision makers to measure progress towards reaching the Aichi Biodiversity Targets; apply airborne remote sensing to managing a West African National Park; and support conservation practitioners to use the newly developed Ecosystem Services toolkit for managing threatened sites for biodiversity conservation in Africa.
The call for applications this year attracted 21 applications from CCI partner organisations. The CCI Fund was set up to provide seed grants for innovative and collaborative conservation projects undertaken by CCI partner organisations and the University of Cambridge academic departments. It has supported 19 projects since 2009 with generous support from Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin. This year the A. G. Leventis Foundation has also kindly become a co-sponsor of the Fund.