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Sibylle Riedmiller

Sibylle Riedmiller

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German-born Social Scientist and former aid worker with UNESCO and the German Aid Agency GTZ/GIZ in Latin America and Africa, has from 1991 created the award-winning not-for-profit Chumbe Island Coral Park Ltd. (CHICOP –, which has turned formerly uninhabited Chumbe Island in Zanzibar/Tanzania into a forest reserve and the first privately managed marine park in the world, where a small eco-lodge has from 2000 fully funded park management and environmental education programs for local school-children, teachers, fishers and other community members. Aiming at close to zero carbon footprint and impact on the environment, the Visitors' Centre and seven bungalows were built with state-of-the-art eco-architecture, where all energy is solar, water is generated by rainwater catchment and sewage is totally avoided by composting toilets and vegetative greywater filtration systems. Sibylle Riedmiller is also co-founder of The Long Run (TLR -, an international network of Privately Protected Areas founded by the renowned German entrepreneur Jochen Zeitz, member of Leadership for Conservation in Africa (LCA –, Member of the IUCN World Commission of Protected Areas (WCPA) and the Chairperson of the Conservation Committee of the Hotels Association of Tanzania (HAT – In 2016, she received the Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande (German Order of Merit). Contact:

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