About us

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.


Mission


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.

Chances for Nature projects follow sustainable holistic approaches that prioritize the interest of local people in economic and social change.

Activities

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!”

Biodiversity and environmental education workshops

Capacity building

Chances for Nature provides people with practical knowledge and skills for the sustainable use of natural resources.

Provide opportunities

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.

Rio Tapiche

Protect and restore habitats

We support the preservation and restoration of ecosystems as the basis of life for humans and animals.

How we work

Our principles

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.

 

Who

People

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.

People

Board & Team

Dr. Matthias Markolf

Dr. Matthias Markolf

Chairman

Matthias Markolf is a scientist at the University of Göttingen and a founding member of Chances for Nature.

Dr. Susanne Schliehe-Diecks

Dr. Susanne Schliehe-Diecks

Treasurer

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

Dr. Christian Matauschek

Second chairman

Christian Matauschek coordinates the projects in Southeast Asia and is a founding member of Chances for Nature.

Gunhilde Wilz

Gunhilde Wilz

Secretary

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

PD Dr. Christian Roos

Assessor

Christian Roos is a scientist at the German Primate Center and a founding member of Chances for Nature.

Dr. Thomas Ziegler

Dr. Thomas Ziegler

Assessor

A biologist specialized in primatology, evolutionary biology, and conservation.

Dr. Dirk Meyer

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

Dr. Hanitra Rakotonirina

Project coordination Madagascar

Hanitra Rakotonirina is a biologist working in international cooperation. She coordinates the projects in Madagascar.

Tatiana Murillo Corrales

Tatiana Murillo Corrales

Social Media

Tatiana Murillo Corrales is a PhD student doing research in Madagascar and supports the social media activities of Chances for Nature.

Solofo Ndrina Razanamahenina

Solofo Ndrina Razanamahenina

Project Manager Madagaskar

Julienne Léonore Razanadrasoavina

Julienne Léonore Razanadrasoavina

Environmental Education Officer Madagascar

Aung Kyaw Myint

Aung Kyaw Myint

Assistant Elephant Project Myanmar

Aung Myint Htun

Aung Myint Htun

Project Manager Elephant Project Myanmar

Scientific advisory board

Dr. Ann-Kathrin Oerke

Dr. Ann-Kathrin Oerke

Elephants

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

Prof. Dr. Peter Kappeler

Kirindy Madagaskar

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

Prof. Dr. Yasmin Olteanu

Sustainable entrepreneurship

Yasmin Olteanu is a Professor of Entrepreneurship at Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin.

Frank Momberg

Frank Momberg

Asia

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.