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 – www.chumbeisland.com), 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 - www.thelongrun.com), an international network of Privately Protected Areas founded by the renowned German entrepreneur Jochen Zeitz, member of Leadership for Conservation in Africa (LCA – www.lcafrica.org), Member of the IUCN World Commission of Protected Areas (WCPA) and the Chairperson of the Conservation Committee of the Hotels Association of Tanzania (HAT – www.hat-tz.org). In 2016, she received the Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande (German Order of Merit). Contact: email@example.com
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