Founded in 2011 to address conservation outside of protected areas, the Tacugama Community Outreach Programme (TCOP) works with rural communities towards achieving sustainable natural resource management and wildlife conservation. It is absolutely necessary to support these key stakeholders if we are going to succeed at stopping the loss of biodiversity.
TCOP targets communities living in close proximity to known chimpanzee populations. Currently the TCOP team works in 42 rural communities in 2 districts of Sierra Leone (Moyamba and Pujehun) and also in Freetown. The goal is to achieve sustainable management of natural resources, promote the cultivation of alternative non-vulnerable crops and sensitize people to the need for a respectful coexistence with chimpanzees. Using a multifaceted approach, the program aims to conserve wildlife species and their habitat, while simultaneously meeting the livelihood needs and development of local human communities.