The Republic of Chad is African Parks’ partner in the management of Greater Zakouma, an extensive ecosystem which includes Zakouma National Park and Siniaka Minia Faunal 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.
Elephant Crisis Fund (ECF), an initiative funded by Save the Elephants and Wildlife Conservation Network, in collaboration with Leonardo di Caprio Foundation: a flexible and responsive fund focused on emergency assistance and support for the innovative efforts of NGOs – large and small - and government to combat the poaching, trafficking and ivory. Since 2016, ECF has provided over $800,000 for catalytic projects across the African Parks portfolio, including Zakouma, Chinko, Garamba, Pendjari and Odzala.
European Union (EU): The European Union (EU) has been a strategic funding partner in Central Africa, providing anchor funding for Garamba, Zakouma and Odzala-Kokoua. Under the 11th European Development Fund, the EU has committed €20 million towards the Greater Garamba area for the period 2016-2020 and €10 million towards the Greater Zakouma area from 2017-2021. The Bêkou Trust Fund for CAR has also made a €1.5 million commitment to Chinko.
Fondation Segré is a Swiss foundation established in 1996 that is committed to help protect the biodiversity of our planet through the conservation of threatened species and their habitat and the restoration of degraded ecosystems. Fondation Segré became a strategic funding partner of African Parks in 2016 and has supported the Chinko Project, Zakouma National Park, Bangweulu Wetlands, Bazaruto Archipelago National Park and Odzala-Kokoua. To date, they have provided over US$3 million.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) operates to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats. USFWS have provided grants to support our anti-poaching programmes in Chinko, Garamba, Odzala-Kokoua, and Zakouma. In 2017 USFWS, alongside USAID, continued to support the management and protection of Garamba and Chinko protected areas in Central Africa, as well as our work with WWF in the Sangha Tri-National and Northern Congo Forest Landscape and provided additional support for elephant surveillance in Zakouma.
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