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Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust (CSWCT) was established as a combined national and international initiative and a globally recognized collaborative conservation effort, geared towards developing and implementing a long-term strategy for conservation of chimpanzees and their habitat, with the immediate purpose of establishing a chimpanzee sanctuary on Ngamba Island in Lake Victoria, and such other places in Uganda as the trustees may acquire.CSWCT established Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary in 1998 for the care and welfare of entrusted animals while conserving as far as possible the ecosystem of the island.  

Ngamba Island is part of the Koome group of islands located in Lake Victoria (which also includes Kiimi, Nsadzi, Koome, Bulago and Damba Islands).   It is approximately 23 km south-east of Entebbe. It consists of approximately 100 acres, of which 98 Location of the Islandacres is forested and separated from the human camp by an electric fence.
CSWCT’s activities include welfare of individual captive chimpanzees entrusted to its care, long-term management of a sanctuary for confiscated individuals that cannot be returned to the wild, intervention to assist individuals in the wild when deemed necessary, conservation education of the general Ugandan public with particularly emphasis on chimpanzees, ecotourism, community participation, capacity building through training, and building viable national, regional and international partnerships on chimpanzee conservation.

CSWCT views the role of the chimpanzee as one of the key flagship species for conservation of  wildlife in general and as an opportunity to address wider issues affecting the plight of wildlife conservation in general, both ex situ and in situ.

CSWCT ensures that all its work has the support and involvement of key stakeholders including local community and, as much as possible, becomes economically self-sustaining.

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CSWCT has taken a three pronged approach to  conservation. It is involved in education and awareness, community development, and applied research. It arranges for afforestation drives under its community development drives. It also runs Teacher training workshop where teachers are sensitized to environmental issues.



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A longtime educator and environmentalist, Rod Walker is protecting the bioregion and promoting environmental education and awareness, as well as launching an eco-tourism program that trains and employs local guides in the Cañi region of southern Chile.

Drawing on his decades of experience teaching urban dwellers how to appreciate nature, Rod Walker has launched an environmental protection program in the south of Chile that combines eco-tourism, income generation, and education. Located in the Cañi forest, the first privately-run sanctuary of its sort in Chile, Rod’s program is training local guides to lead eco-tourism excursions and to educate locals and tourists alike about the fragility, the needs, and the natural wonder of the region. In so doing, Rod is emphasizing the educational side of eco-tourism while at the same time generating jobs and income for the local economy.

Moreover, Rod is making his guide training courses available nationwide and building a network of guides and other organizations committed to environmental protection through eco-tourism. He has created a guide certification program that, pending approval from the National School of Mountaineering, will systematize the training of local guides. Through his work, Rod is spreading the idea that Chile’s diverse and rich bioregions cannot survive unless citizens are given an opportunity to explore and appreciate the natural richness of their country.

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