About

The Chinko Project sustainably manages a nature reserve in the heart of Africa – one of the last pristine mosaics of wooded savannah and tropical lowland rainforest deep within the Central African Republic. This project goes beyond conservation, it represents hope for stability and governance in one of the poorest regions on earth with an endless history of corruption, depletion of natural resources and military conflicts.

We are passionate about Africa – for both its wildlife and people – and believe there is a way for both to coexist. The Chinko Project, as a governance body, supports local communities, protects the ecosystem, and maintains economic value through tourism – providing the key to a sustainable future for this thriving ecosystem.

Area

Humans have had a low impact on the Chinko/Mbari Drainage basin due to the fact that there are no permanent settlements or agricultural activities within the region. The Chinko nature reserve covers roughly 17,600 sq km of the basin’s southern part - representing a purely fascinating ecotone of rainforest and savannah.

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People

The Central African people — mostly smallholder farmers living in the villages sedentary to the Chinko nature reserve, and transhumant herdsmen trespassing with their livestock to access the meat markets in Bangui — are among the poorest on the continent.

The Chinko Project offers an income, and stability to many of these families, and through the support of schooling programs gives the children a chance not possible until now.

Wildlife

The particular habitat of the Chinko allows for an incredible richness of species, and puzzling phenomena, making it a hotspot of biodiversity.

So far we've documented more than 75 mammals (including Wild Dog, Elephant, Lelwel Hartebeest, Eastern Giant Eland, Bongo, Lion and Leopard).

> 70,000 Photos > 75 mammals > 8 publications

ThreatsActions

The Chinko Project Area's ecosystem is today facing two major pressures:

  1. Armed Sudanese Herdsmen with cattle herds of more than 1,000 each come into the area for grazing - depleting the habitat in the long term and putting immediate stress on the wildlife.

    Some actively try to clean the area off predators that would put their livestock in danger, while others have discovered the economic benefit of poaching and drying bush meat to trade on Sudanese markets.

  2. Ivory poachers usually comprised of Sudanese professionals and rebel groups, threatening the small herd of surviving forest elephants in the region.

To reduce that pressure, we take action:

  1. Conduct Research to better understand the complexities and trade chains underlying bush meat and ivory trade from Chinko to Sudan.

  2. Provide Incentives for the herdsmen to pass through a designated livestock corridor as quickly as possible.

  3. Inform herdsmen about possibilities of protecting their livestock against predators.

  4. Build capacity by training and deploying Central African park rangers, and supporting local school programs to make people better understand the value of wildlife.

  5. Monitor & Patrol the area with advanced surveillance strategies.

  6. Detect & disarm poaching infringers inside the nature reserve and hand them over to the next state authority.

Team

Amandine n koubath
  • Amandine N'Koubath
  • Staff
  • Office Assistant Bangui
Armand mbolifoue
  • Armand Mbolifoue
  • Staff
  • Park Ranger
Charlotte mararv
  • Charlotte Mararv
  • Staff
  • Country Director
Christian mbazoua
  • Christian Mbazoua
  • Staff
  • Logisitics Bangui
David simpson
  • David Simpson
  • Staff
  • Park Manager
Desire dekpowina
  • Desire Dekpowina
  • Staff
  • Rations Designer
Federico lambert
  • Federico Lambert
  • Staff
  • Logistic Manager
Felicite lokoua
  • Felicite Lokoua
  • Staff
  • Cashier
Frazer murray
  • Frazer Murray
  • Staff
  • Field Operations
Godefroy kassai
  • Godefroy Kassai
  • Staff
  • Supply Chain
Grace a dieu ganandonga
  • Grâce à Dieu Ganandonga
  • Staff
  • Park Ranger
Guillaume dubosq
  • Guillaume Dubosq
  • Staff
  • Anti Poaching
Blank
  • Joao Salgueiro
  • Staff
  • Community Liaison
Jonathan mbringa
  • Jonathan Mbringa
  • Staff
  • Park Ranger
Lambert coleman
  • Lambert Coleman
  • Staff
  • Financial Controller
Marcelin ngbongo
  • Marcelin Ngbongo
  • Staff
  • Park Ranger
Maurice tomoro
  • Maurice Tomoro
  • Staff
  • Park Ranger
Mesmin guinda
  • Mesmin Guinda
  • Staff
  • Government Liaison Bangui
Raffael hickisch
  • Raffael Hickisch
  • Staff
  • Special Projects
Romaric gaucka
  • Romaric Gaucka
  • Staff
  • HR Bangui
Teddy abrou
  • Teddy Abrou
  • Staff
  • Park Ranger
Erik mararv
  • Erik Mararv
  • Board Member
Jean marc froment
  • Jean Marc Froment
  • Board Member
Thierry aebischer
  • Thierry Aebischer
  • Board Member
Jean baptiste mamang
  • Jean Baptiste Mamang
  • Advisor
John michael fay
  • John Michael Fay
  • Advisor
Louisa lombard
  • Louisa Lombard
  • Advisor
Philipp henschel
  • Philipp Henschel
  • Advisor
Racey bingham
  • Racey Bingham
  • Advisor
Anton lundkvist
  • Anton Lundkvist
  • Honorary Member
  • Sustainability
Constantin hofstetter
  • Constantin Hofstetter
  • Honorary Member
  • IT
Emelie mararv
  • Emelie Mararv
  • Honorary Member
  • Community
Franz landl
  • Franz Landl
  • Honorary Member
  • HQ Construction
Loredana hartmann
  • Loredana Hartmann
  • Honorary Member
  • Law
Milena klimek
  • Milena Klimek
  • Honorary Member
  • Lectoring
Ryan youngblood
  • Ryan Youngblood
  • Honorary Member
  • Film & Photography
Tobias ruckstuhl
  • Tobias Ruckstuhl
  • Honorary Member
  • Finance

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