our work

Chimbo runs its own programme of community based conservation and acts as a catalyst for policies and actions of others that help to achieve the goal of sustainable, thriving chimpanzee populations in West Africa.

The Boé in south-east Guinea Bissau is the geographical heart of our activities. We cooperate closely with our local partner Daridibó, which has the same goals as Chimbo.

The Boé is a remote area of about 3,000 km2 with few means of existence for the local Fula communities but with a rich natural environment supporting a population of 1,000 – 1,500 chimpanzees. 150 community rangers from 30 village vigilance committees patrol their surroundings twice a month and report to us about the presence of chimpanzees and other wildlife. If they notice poaching activities we report those to the authorities.

Project

Backstopping mission Piet Wit

Backstopping mission Piet Wit

COVID-19 crisis or not, Piet had to go to Béli to close down the COMBAC-Boé project. Read about all our recent activities in the Chimbo newsletter of Janaury 2021.

Chimbo Newsletter October 2020

Chimbo Newsletter October 2020

All restraints posed by the corona crises have not stopped our Board, our local team, and our community rangers to proceed with effective conservation actions in Boé, Guinea Bissau. You can read our October newsletter here.

New fieldwork/research coordinator Chimbo

New fieldwork/research coordinator Chimbo

[:nl]Katharina Kühnert is leaving us as the fieldwork/research coordinator. For family-reasons she will leave one month earlier than originally planned. Kathy came first to the Boé in 2015 to do field research for her Master’s thesis in ornithology with the University of Göttingen (Germany). She did an excellent job and we were therefore very pleased […]

Do Chimpanzees need sacred forests?

Do Chimpanzees need sacred forests?

A Master student from the University of Wageningen, Anna Nunes van den Hoven, started her research on the distribution of the chimpanzee in the Boé. She will stay in the Boé for four months to do a field study. She will investigate to what extent the Western Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes verus) is present in the […]

In Boé  (Guinea Bissau) people believe in the spirits of the forest: this protects the environment

In Boé (Guinea Bissau) people believe in the spirits of the forest: this protects the environment

(MSc student of Wageningen University), investigated governance of the sacred forests (small forests protected by traditional believes and rules) in the Boé . He has been interviewed by Luis Fonseca of RTP Notícias (Portugal) about his research: http://www.rtp.pt/noticias/cultura/aldeias-da-guine-acreditam-nos-espiritos-da-floresta-e-isso-protege-o-ambiente_n982298. The article is written in Portuguese, so we will give a short outline below. Gautham tells that […]

Four Sacred Forests in the Boé adopted

In October this year, Chimbo Foundation participated in the Globe Guards Nature Auction. We offered people the possibility to adopt a sacred forest in the Boé  region of Guinea Bissau. Sacred forests are protected by traditional law. They are sacred because the protective spirit for the village lives there. At most of the sites natural […]

West African Chimpanzee critically endangered

IUCN recently published an update of the West African Chimpanzee status on the Red List of Threatened Species. The West African Chimpanzee is now placed in the category Critically Endangered. Before (since 2008) the chimpanzee could be found in the Endangered category. Due to high levels of poaching, and loss of habitat and habitat fragmentation […]

Annual report 2015

[ Annually, we inform our stakeholders regarding the state of our organisation – the results we achieved as well as the annual accounts. Have a look at our Annual Report for 2015.