A visit in October by a team from the Critical Ecosystems Parnership Fund (CEPF) resulted in a closer working relationship and understanding of the specific challenges we face as a small Pacific Island. CEPF is supporting the biodiversity conservation work and capacity building of TIS during 2009-2012. Head of the Mission, John Watkin, praised the work being carried out by Ed Saul & his team at the Taktitumu Conservation Area and by Birdman George on Atiu.
A debriefing session was held on Rarotonga between TIS Executive and the CEPF with revised guidelines being agreed to which will facilitate better communications and speed of requests on both sides.
TIS are grateful to CEPF for the tremendous assistance provided to build our capacity and conserve nature.CEPF is a joint initiative of l’Agence Francaise de Developpement, Conservation International, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan, the MacArthur Foundation and the World Bank. A fundamental goal is to ensure civil society is engaged in biodiversity conservation. The focus of CEPF is the conservation of threatened species and other globally important species.