New Private Conservation Initiative in China

Interesting development,

A group of wealthy Chinese entrepreneurs have started an experiment in private nature conservation, shaking up China’s traditional, government-led approach to protecting landscapes and wildlife.

Late last year, 16 of the best known figures from China’s business world applied to the provincial government of Sichuan, western China, for permission to establish the “Sichuan Nature Protection Fund”. Their names will be familiar to anyone with a passing knowledge of Chinese industry: Jack Ma, chairman of the Alibaba Group, Ou Yaping, founder of Sinolink Worldwide Holdings, Huang Nubo, chairman of Beijing Zhongkun Investment Group, and Hu Zuliu, of Chunhua Capital are all involved. So too are Guo Guangchan, co-founder of Shanghai Fosun High Technology, Niu Gensheng, founder of the Lao Niu Foundation, and Zheng Yonggang, chairman of Shanshan Investment Holdings.

There are plans to invite other big names: Tencent founder Ma Huateng, NetEase chief executive Ding Lei and Broad Air Conditioning founder Zhang Yue, among others.

A list like this makes it one of China’s richest philanthropic groupings. To become an executive director of the board, you need to make “an initial donation of at least 3 million yuan [US$457,000]”. After the project is formally launched, “a voluntary donation of at least 5 million yuan [US$762,000]” will be required. Continue reading


Chumbe Island Coral Park Ltd.

From the comments, Sibylle Riedmiller of replies to a comment on this post:

Answering Peter Gottesman: welcome to check out Chumbe Island Coral Park Ltd (CHICOP) in Zanzibar/Tanzania:… it took a lot of struggle and investment, but it works! See our website for details and a summary below…

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Private sector wildlife conservation in Africa

Elephants on Ndarakwai RanchOne of the hopeful developments in Africa has been the growth of private sector conservation initiatives. Most of it has taken place in South Africa. For an example in Tanzania, visit the Ndarakwai Ranch.

The ranch is located on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. The owners set up the Kilimanjaro Conservancy to maintain a wildlife conservation area.

Somehow elephants seem much larger when you are walking close to them, than when you are sitting watching them from a 4-weel drive vehicle. Ndarakwai is well worth a visit.