Chumbe Island Coral Park Ltd. (CHICOP) is an award-winning private nature reserve that was developed from 1991 for the conservation and sustainable management of uninhabited Chumbe Island off Zanzibar.

The reserve includes a fully protected Coral Reef Sanctuary and Forest Reserve that harbour rare wildlife, a Visitor and Education centre, a small eco-lodge, nature walks and historical monuments. All buildings and operations are based on state-of-the-art eco-technology aiming at zero impact on the environment (rainwater catchment, photovoltaic energy and solar water heating, composting toilets, vegetative greywater filtration etc.).

The company objectives are non-commercial, while operations follow commercial principles. The overall aim of CHICOP is to create a model of financially and ecologically sustainable park management, where ecotourism supports conservation, research and comprehensive Environmental Education programs for local schools and other benefits for local people.

In 2011, Chumbe Island became the first Global Ecosphere Retreat (GER) certified Long Run Destination through the Jochen Zeitz Foundation which means that Chumbe strives for the highest standards in sustainability through the balance of conservation and commerce, whilst fostering community development and cultural stewardship.

Chumbe’s sustainable management and promotion of key ecosystem services for the region has since been recognized on many levels, including being mentioned in the UN Secretary General’s report to the General Assembly on protection of coral reefs for sustainable livelihoods and development, which states: “A noted example for PES (Payment for Ecosystem Services) within the context of coral reefs habitat is the private, non-profit Chumbe Island Coral Park Ltd (CHICOP) in Tanzania (2012).

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News

2019 Chumbe Island Underwater Photo Guides now online

Six (6!) new volumes of underwater photo guides focusing solely on the reef fish, sea turles and invertebrates in the Chumbe MPA.

“On The Forefront Of Eco-Education At Chumbe Island”

gestalten features an in-depth interview with Chumbe Island
founder Sibylle Riedmiller to find out why she made it her
life mission to create the Chumbe Island Coral Park
marine protected area.
Read the article here

Chumbe Island featured in “Sustainable use of coastal areas in Zanzibar” videos (English & Swahili versions)

Ulli Kloiber and Khamis Khalfan featured in new videos that explore the challenges and protection approaches to marine life in Zanzibar

Thank you for supporting 10,000+ Environmental Education participants to Chumbe Island

Since 1996, over 10,000 Zanzibar students and community members visited Chumbe Island because of guest visits

Chumbe Island featured in Swahili Coast Magazine for Best of Africa Award Recognition by Hon. Kombo

Hon. Mahmoud Thabit Kombo congratulates the Chumbe Island team
on winning the “Best of Africa” award at a special press conference
at the Park Hyatt in Zanzibar.
Read here for more information.

Chumbe Awarded ‘Best of Africa’ 2019

We are very proud to announce that Chumbe has been recognized in
Top 100 Sustainable Tourism Destinations, receiving the
‘Best of Africa’ award at the ITB in Berlin.
Read here for more information.

Finalist for the 2018 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

We are very excited to announce that Chumbe Island Coral Park has been selected as a finalist for the World Travel & Tourism Council’s Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2018 under the category of Environment!This Award is for…

Chumbe Management Plan (2017-2027) now online!

This is the third management plan for Chumbe Island Coral Park (CHICOP) since its inception in 1994, produced by the Chumbe Team with the support of Sustainable Solutions International Consulting (SSIC). A lot of work and a very

Chumbe showcased

Chumbe Island Coral Park is featured in the latest IUCN Protecting the Planet newsletter, January 2017!