Based on the clear evidence that support the crucial role of sanctuaries in conservation, Akatia is establishing a sanctuary in Cote D’Ivoire.
The Impact of the Sanctuary
The chimpanzees will be fed three times a day every day and on average it costs almost 2,000 euros a year to feed a chimpanzees. The food needed for the sanctuary will be purchased from the community surrounding the sanctuary, providing them with an important source of revenue. All local staff will be recruited from surrounding communities and various services such as masonry, carpentry, welding, etc will also be hired from the communities. Finally, Akatia will also conduct micro-projects to introduce new revenue streams to surrounding communities in order to discourage the sale of bushmeat.
The sanctuary is a not-for-profit entity but guided visits will be conducted to educate and sensitize on the importance of protecting chimpanzees. The sanctuary can therefore provide additional income to the surrounding area by increasing tourism.
Education and Sensitization
Akatia will organize educational and sensitization campaigns both at the sanctuary site and nationally. In collaboration with local authorities, Akatia will in the first years organize educational events in the communities surrounding Yapo-Abbe including in schools to improve the protection of the forest. Depending on finances, additional media campaigns will be organized to promote primate conservation at a national scale.
Protection of the Forest of Yapo-Abbe
The priority of the project is to promote the conservation of primates, in particular chimpanzees, but Akatia will also work to improve the protection of the forest and the wildlife located there through improved surveillance and increased patrols.