Impact News: We were able to generate USD 3,570.00 through overnight stays on our socialbnb platform for the Chumbe Island Coral Park project in Tanzania. What can be implemented on site with this money and what Chumbe Island actually contributes to environmental conservation, you can find out here.

About Chumbe Island

Chumbe Island is an uninhabited island just off Zanzibar. It is also the world’s first financially self-sustaining marine protected area. A recognized 55.1 hectare nature reserve, Chumbe Island is home to a fully protected coral reef and a closed forest reserve.

The reserve includes a fully protected coral reef sanctuary and a forest reserve that is home to rare wildlife, a visitor and education center, a small eco-lodge, nature walks and historic buildings. All buildings and operations are based on state-of-the-art eco-technology that aims to have no impact on the environment (rainwater catchment, photovoltaic and solar water heating, composting toilets, vegetative gray water filtration, etc.).

Chumbe Island Coral Park

What impact does Chumbe Island Coral Park create?

Since 1991, Chumbe Island Coral Park has been contributing to the conservation and sustainable management of the uninhabited Chumbe Island. And this even very successfully: in the report of the UN Secretary General to the General Assembly, Chumbe Island was already highlighted as an example of success in the context of “Protection of coral reefs for sustainable livelihoods and development”. This shows that the project has taken up the sustainability goals 13 (measures for climate protection), 14 (life under water) and 15 (life on land).

In 2011, Chumbe Island achieved another great success by becoming the first Global Ecosphere Retreat certified Long Run Destination by the Jochen Zeitz Foundation. This award states that Chumbe strives for and promotes the highest standards of sustainability, balance of conservation and trade, and community development and cultural responsibility.

What does the revenue from socialbnb mean for Chumbe Island?

Chumbe Island considers itself a social entrepreneurship and puts 100 percent of its revenue into its project work. The income from ecotourism on the island contributes to conservation management and extensive environmental education programs with local schools and communities.

The money is used to protect the island, fund research and ensure the constant protection of the coral reef and forest reserve. In addition, students and the local population are given the opportunity to participate in environmental education trips to the island. And this is where socialbnb comes into play: an educational trip costs just under 200.00 USD, so with the 3,500.00 USD for overnight stays via the socialbnb platform, just under 17 trips can be financed!

If you are interested in other impact stories as well as collaborations at socialbnb, then this blog post about our cooperation with SOS Children’s Villages might be exciting for you. You still have a monthly chance to win an overnight stay at a socialbnb of your choice. Register for our free newsletter – good luck!