Chumbe Island Coral Park

May 2009

Conservation benefit: Support of continued and sustainable protection of the park

Community benefit: Life jackets, reef shoes, and snorkelling equipment for Zanzibari schoolchildren on field trips to Chumbe Island Coral Park

Coral reefs around Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania, are under serious threats from overfishing, destructive fishing practices, pollution, and sedimentation. Chumbe Island Coral Park (CHICOP) is a financially self-sustaining conservation initiative in Zanzibar/Tanzania that has established and manages the first private marine park in the world. There is an urgent need to create public awareness for sustainable management of these precious resources which formal education does not adequately cover. In close cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Zanzibari schools, CHICOP has offered one-day school excursions to Chumbe Island since 1994. The excursions provide hands-on environmental education for schoolchildren, and at the same time give teachers ideas for conducting field-based environmental education. In 2006 an in-school, pre-excursion study program was added to prepare students thoroughly for their trip as well as the Chumbe Challenge Environment Award in 2007 involving 15 schools.

In recent years, the program has expanded tremendously, increasing the wear and tear on equipment bought in 2006. To help improve the quality of education and safety for Zanzibari schoolchildren during field trips to CHICOP, Seacology is funding the purchase of high-quality life jackets, reef shoes, and snorkeling equipment, in support of continued and sustainable protection of the world’s first private marine park on Chumbe Island, Tanzania.

Project Updates
December 2009
The purchase of materials started in May 2009 and is planned to continue for six to eight months. A new addition to the Chumbe Environmental Education Program includes a one year course in...
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