Deep in the Central African Republic (C.A.R.) lies an unknown wildlife refuge that is starting to thrive once again
In Eastern Central African Republic, lies a vast 20,000 km2 wildlife refuge called Chinko. Before 2014, Chinko was overrun with hundreds of thousands of cattle and armed herders. Leading to poaching and natural resource exploitation. Through a 50-year management mandate African Parks is ensuring that swathes of wooded savanna and rainforest remain intact, populations of wildlife has started to rebound and communities can once again benefit from one of the largest ecosystems in all of Central Africa.
58 farmers, 27 soap-makers 45 schoolteachers and 3 medical staff supported
created for local people
and African Parks is largest employer in the region
including undisturbed wooded savannah and tropical rainforest
In 2014, African Parks signed a 50-year mandate with Government, marking a long-term commitment to protecting biodiversity and creating a safe haven for local communities. With the injection of results-based funding through carbon credits, the African Parks has been able to commit long terms conservation investments in management, infrastructure, law enforcement, land and wildlife rehabilitation and communities. In 2020 it was agreed to expand African Parks area of management to about 50,000 km2.
An active dialogue with and management of transhumance herders has moved the cattle out of the core conservation area and allowed it to regenerate and strengthen its spectacular wildlife and biodiversity. To date, one of the park's flagship species, lions, have risen in numbers from a few in 2017 to over 30 by 2019. Carbon finance will allow for the expansion of the protected area towards 50,000 km2 and at the same time will also facilitate African Parks to make further community impact, in terms of security, employment, education and health care.
More details can be found of African Parks' website here.
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African Parks is a non-profit conservation organization that takes on direct responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of protected areas in partnership with governments and local communities.
Established as an African solution to Africa's conservation challenges, African Parks is in charge of implementation.