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

Chumbe Island celebrates community swimming program participants and environmental champions

In an official certification ceremony at the Old Fort in Stone Town on Saturday January 22nd 2022, Chumbe Island Coral Park and its swimming partners Panje and FitPit celebrated the 300 participants of their community swimming program as well as community members who contributed to a series of environmental competitions.

Free ‘Green Destination’ resources for sustainable tourism in Zanzibar

Supporting documents for sustainable tourism in Zanzibar as part of Chumbe Island’s Green Destination campaign

Call for application: Youth ranger skill development program

Chumbe Island offers ten youth fishers, who are economically impacted by the pandemic, a skill development course with tangible skills that will increase their employability in conservation and marine tourism.

Project Update: 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

Updates from the BIOPAMA project involving ranger trainings, educational activities and new ranger equipment.

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.