Association Tchadienne des Volontaires pour la Protection de l'Environnement (ATVPE, Chadian Volunteers’ Association for the Protection of the Environment)

Equator Prize for Sustainable Land Management in Sub-Saharan Africa

Association Tchadienne des Volontaires pour la Protection de l'Environnement was developed to address land and resource rights for women, in response to drought, desertification, and land degradation, and focuses on training in ecosystem restoration, drought preparedness, and agroforestry. Land rights are negotiated with local chiefs so that women assume management of degraded plots, which are then restored to become more productive. Training in agroforestry and the manufacture of solar cooking stoves provides women with alternative livelihood options. Youth are trained and serve as ambassadors in the wider community – public, political and religious realms – to sensitize people to the importance of environmental conservation and land rights for women. Farm production has tripled, which has served to reduce out-migration, particularly of youth.


Key Facts 

Equator Prize Winner: 2014

Founded: 1996 (RECOGNIZED AS AN NGO SINCE 2004)

Location: Hadjer Lamis and Chari-Baguirmi Regions,
western Chad

Beneficiaries: 37 villages, 43,000 people

Area of Focus: Biodiversity, Sahelian ecological zone


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 Equator Prize 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa

 Ecoagriculture and Food Security

 Sustainable Forestry

 Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change

 Drylands Management


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