A workshop cum mid term assessment was conducted by the Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund (CEPF) and the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment (ATREE) at Keystone Foundation, Kotagiri on the April 8-9, 2011. CEPF is a joint initiative of l’Agence Francaise de Developpement, Conservation International, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the World Bank. CEPF investment in the Western Ghats Region of the Western Ghats and Sri Lanka Hotspot is being coordinated by the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE).

The background of this assessment was that CEPF is half way into a five year program of investment in the Western Ghats region. The purpose was to engage civil society groups in biodiversity conservation and to asses the progress towards the goals set out in the Ecosystem Profile for the region. The workshop focused on the Nilgiri – Mysore corridor of their ecosystem profile with more than 20 CEPF grantees participating from the region. It provided an opportunity to strengthen cross linkages between CEPF grants and their future investment strategies.