Investment by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), which will be managed by BirdLife International for another five years, aimed at protecting biodiversity in the Mediterranean.
The protection of threatened Mediterranean plants will be one particular focus of the new investment © CEPF Me
The Mediterranean Basin is the second largest “biodiversity hotspot” in the world, supporting 10% of the world’s plants (about 25,000 species), almost 300 mammal species (38 terrestrial endemics), 534 bird species (63 endemic species), 622 freshwater fish species, and 308 reptile species (almost 40% being endemic). Yet rapid economic development, an increasing human population, and 32% of the world’s international tourists are creating unprecedented pressures on its freshwater, marine and terrestrial habitats in the Mediterranean – compounded by a lack of effective planning and management systems. Read about the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund investment plan for the next 5 years here.