The Republic of Chad is African Parks’ partner in the management of Greater Zakouma and Ennedi Natural and Cultural Reserve. The Chadian Government, on the advice of the European Union, approached African Parks in 2010 to take on the management responsibility of Zakouma in order to put an end to the ongoing scourge of elephant poaching. The mandate agreement was signed in June 2010 and African Parks commenced management of the park and periphery in October of the same year. In 2017, the Government of the Republic of Chad signed a new agreement to expand the management and protection of a greater conservation area called 'Greater Zakouma' with Zakouma National Park at its core. In 2018, African Parks assumed management Ennedi Natural and Cultural, a spectacular World Heritage Site.
The European Union (EU) has been a long-standing funder, first supporting our growth into Central Africa in 2005. Their investment over the years has helped create areas of stability in a volatile region, and has helped attract additional funding and partners. The EU has been critical in managing large landscapes namely the Garamba National Park and its periphery, the Chinko Conservation Area, the Ennedi Natural and Cultural Reserve, the Greater Zakouma Ecosystem and the Odzala-Kokoua National Park. Improved management of those ecological important landscapes through effective park management and governance, safety and security for people and wildlife in respect of their respective rights and opportunities in green sectors for local populations contribute to the EU NaturAfrica’ initiative.
The Dutch Postcode Lottery has been raising funds since 1989 to support organisations working towards a fairer and greener world. At least 40% of every ticket sold goes to charity. The lottery has steadily grown to become the biggest charity lottery in the Netherlands, supporting 105 non-governmental organisations. Since its founding, the lottery has dispensed over € 6.2 billion. African Parks has received € 15.2 million since 2010. In 2018, we received a multi-year Extra Project award for Ennedi. In 2020 African Parks received €900,000 in unrestricted funding, but was also the recipient - together with WWF and Peace Parks - of €16.9 million for a Dreamfund project, to boost the ecological and socio-economic development of the world’s largest terrestrial transfrontier conservation area, the Kavango Zambezi (KAZA).
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