May 31, 2017
All donation made between now and the end of the Challenge will be MATCHED DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR!!! David Reuben, a longtime BCI supporter has offered to match all donations 100%. Let's win this thing!
The directive of the Roadmap aligns perfectly with the work that the Bonobo Conservation Initiative has been doing in creating and developing the Bonobo Peace Forest. We believe deeply that cooperative, community-led efforts are the surest path to a healthier planet.
The Peace Forest is a network of nature reserves managed by local communities, providing sustainable sources of income, educational opportunity, and health services. Conceived in the wake of one of the world’s most enduring and violent conflicts, the Peace Forest is a powerful testament to the strength of peace and cooperation. To date, we have achieved official protection for two nature reserves spanning 9 million acres of rainforest, providing safe harbor for thousands of bonobos and sequestering about a billion tons of carbon.
The Congo rainforest is an integrated, harmonious ecosystem.The only way to save it is to adopt an integrated, harmonious conservation approach, one that ensures the wellbeing of the forest and all its inhabitants. The Bonobo Peace Forest does not simply address the symptom of bonobo population decline; rather, it addresses the underlying ecological and human forces that shape the bonobos’ destiny.
Inspired by cooperative nature of bonobos, BCI developed the Bonobo Peace Forest concept in partnership with Congolese organizations and communities. The Bonobo Peace Forest, the guiding vision of BCI, is truly groundbreaking in its scope and its holistic approach.
As the Roadmap states, “we need a new model where everyone can become a doer, an agent of change. A model that points the way, transcends boundaries and invites all to join the journey.” The Bonobo Conservation is striving to develop exactly such a model in the Congo Basin. BCI collaborates with various governmental and non-governmental organizations, but the primary engine driving the Bonobo Peace Forest model is grassroots conservation.
Climate change is one of the direst threats facing the world today. The Bonobo Peace Forest is a powerful force in the fight against climate change, and we hope to keep the Peace Forest growing. Neighbors of Peace Forest communities, inspired by the locally-driven, community-managed approach, are working to establish reserves of their own.Their participation is the most important endorsement of the Peace Forest concept. Effective, efficient, and self-replicating, the Peace Forest sets a new standard in conservation.
The need remains urgent to provide alternative livelihood opportunities and to expand protection for bonobos and other wildlife. The vast majority of BCI’s resources go toward maintaining and expanding our programs in the DRC; we need to strengthen our organization and find ways to build more support so that we can sustain and fulfill the promise of all we’ve accomplished so far. You can help make this happen! Each and every donation helps. Our ultimate goal is for the Bonobo Peace Forest to become economically self-sustaining. We are making progress in developing carbon credit-based funding (REDD+), establishing an endowment fund, developing ecotourism, conservation enterprise, and other long- term financing mechanisms.
Ultimately, we are co-creating a model of conservation wherein everyone contributes and everyone benefits. While climate change can seem like an insurmountable challenge, individuals in the Bonobo Peace Forest are making a positive impact day by day, step by step, and tree by tree.
What Your Donation Can Do:
$10—batteries for tracker headlamps and GPS units
$25—a pair of sturdy rubber boots for a field team member
$50—a high quality daypack
$100—one monthly salary for an eco-guard or tracker
$500—one field laptop kit
$1000—college scholarship for an aspiring Congolese conservationist
$5000—one motorcycle, essential for travel and transport in the field
$10000—construction of one conservation center in the bonobo habitat
We need to work together to save our primate cousins. Help us reach 15,000 supporters, and help bonobos reach a brighter tomorrow. Thank you!