Chances for Nature is committed to the conservation of biodiversity and natural habitats worldwide. In doing so, we support local communities and initiatives in implementing sustainable strategies through education, science and capacity building.
Our concern is the protection of endangered habitats and animal species.
That is why Chances for Nature works with local partners to protect selected ecosystems, endangered species and preserve biodiversity.
What we do
Environmental Education & Education for Sustainable Development
Education is the key to progress and sustainability. “You only protect what you love, and you only love what you know!”
Chances for Nature provides people with practical knowledge and skills for the sustainable use of natural resources.
Our projects are designed to open up new perspectives for local people and create ecologically sustainable sources of income.
Comprehend and analyze situations and conflicts
We collect basic scientific data for ecosystem management.
Species Conservation and Wildlife Management
We develop solutions for the survival of biological diversity in harmony with the population.
Protect and restore habitats
We support the preservation and restoration of ecosystems as the basis of life for humans and animals.
How we work
We work in selected landscapes of particular importance for conserving global biodiversity and are committed to its long-term protection.
Our approach to sustainable and successful conservation of habitats and endangered species is based on a holistic view of the systems and always has a strong focus on the local population. In an increasingly densely populated world, nature conservation can only work in harmony with the interests of the local people.
Each of our project areas faces great challenges. Their solutions require maximum commitment, creative solutions, power of endurance as well as many long-term supporters and sponsors.
We specifically promote local commitment and local initiatives to protect nature, an intact environment, and ecologically sustainable local economies.
On site we always work cooperatively in a network of local partner organisations, initiatives of the civil society and local authorities.
We implement projects on-site together with local stakeholders and take care of sustainable financing of the projects with our partners.
For us, the long term is of crucial importance for the success of conservation work. That is why we are committed to long-term engagement and permanent support of our local partners at all our project locations.
We try to use as much financial means as possible locally in the project work. As a non-profit organization, we guarantee a proper, transparent and solid administration of donations and funds in Germany, as well as their proper use in the target country.
We take care to keep the administrative and advertising costs as low as possible. So, with an average of less than 10% in administrative costs over the last 10 years, your donations directly benefit the projects on the ground.
CfN was founded in Göttingen in 2011. All of the founding members and many of our current active and board members have a background in biology, often with a focus on primatology, and many years of experience and expertise in conservation and research. Our project areas are also each of particular importance for the survival of endangered primate species.
Board & Team
Dr. Matthias Markolf
Matthias Markolf is a scientist at the University of Göttingen and a founding member of Chances for Nature.
Dr. Susanne Schliehe-Diecks
Susanne Schliehe-Diecks works professionally in the field of sustainability and has been an active volunteer member of the association since 2012.
Dr. Christian Matauschek
Christian Matauschek coordinates the projects in Southeast Asia and is a founding member of Chances for Nature.
Gunhilde Wilz works in the field of international research funding at the University of Göttingen and is a founding member of Chances for Nature.
PD Dr. Christian Roos
Christian Roos is a scientist at the German Primate Center and a founding member of Chances for Nature.
Dr. Thomas Ziegler
A biologist specialized in primatology, evolutionary biology, and conservation.
Dr. Dirk Meyer
Project coordination Myanmar
Dirk Meyer coordinates projects in Southeast Asia and is a founding member of Chances for Nature.
Dr. Hanitra Rakotonirina
Project coordination Madagascar
Hanitra Rakotonirina is a biologist working in international cooperation. She coordinates the projects in Madagascar.
Solofo Ndrina Razanamahenina
Project Manager Madagaskar
Julienne Léonore Razanadrasoavina
Environmental Education Officer Madagascar
Aung Kyaw Myint
Assistant Elephant Project Myanmar
Aung Myint Htun
Project Manager Elephant Project Myanmar
Scientific advisory board
Dr. Ann-Kathrin Oerke
Ann-Kathrin Oerke works in the hormone laboratory of the German Primate Center and is a world-renowned specialist for elephants.
Prof. Dr. Peter Kappeler
Peter Kappeler is Professor of Sociobiology/Anthropology at the University of Göttingen and heads the Department of Behavioural Ecology & Sociobiology at the German Primate Center (DPZ). He has been conducting research in Madagascar for over 25 years and manages the DPZ field station in Kirindy.
Prof. Dr. Yasmin Olteanu
Yasmin Olteanu is a Professor of Entrepreneurship at Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin.
Frank Momberg, Regional Director of Program Development at Fauna & Flora International, is an international expert in species and biodiversity conservation, cooperative protected area management, and integrated conservation and sustainable development with more than 20 years of professional experience in Southeast Asia.