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

New report reveals Chumbe Island to be a biodiversity hotspot

Survey reveals stunning range of species in the Closed Forest Reserve on Chumbe Island. Managed by CHICOP, the park is considered one of the most effectively protected in Africa, and hosts the most intact area of coral rag forest in the whole of Zanzibar archipelago.

Green Destination workshop series launched on Chumbe Island

Chumbe Island hosts tourism professionals from Zanzibar for the first in a series of engaging sustainability workshops on award winning Chumbe Island

How Chumbe Island is responding to COVID-19

The team on Chumbe Island follows strict Health, Safety and Hygiene Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for the Management of COVID-19

Island-themed song competition in Zanzibar

On the occasion of World Oceans Day 2021, Chumbe Island Coral Park is launching a creative song competition about the beauty of Zanzibar archipelago

Project: Protection of the Chumbe Island nature reserve from increased poaching threats due to COVID-19’s impacts on Zanzibar’s economy and Chumbe’s compromised park management

BIOPAMA project funding for protection of the Chumbe Island nature reserve from increased poaching threats due to COVID-19’s impacts on Zanzibar’s economy and Chumbe’s compromised park management