Parcs de Noé’s DNA

Noé is a nature conservation NGO, created in France in 2001 by Arnaud Greth, a passionate wildlife biologist and veterinarian. Noé’s DNA is characterized by its commitment to save biodiversity, its focus on action on the ground, its results-based culture and the search for constructive solutions.
Over the years Noé developed a variety of conservation programmes in France and internationally, but always kept a focus on protected area management. The success story of African Parks (APN) on delegated management in Africa inspired Noé. A meeting between Peter Fearnhead (CEO APN) and Arnaud Greth in Zakouma National Park (Chad) in March 2017, was the start of a fruitful partnership between the 2 organizations. Noé agreed to adopt APN’s model, while APN accepted to mentor Noé technically and institutionally.

In 2018 Noé created a special program dedicated to delegated Protected Areas management, called “Parcs de Noé”.

Our mission

PDN’s mission is to contribute to the sustainable management of protected areas in Africa through delegated management, for biodiversity conservation, security and local development.

How we will achieve this

If we can take full responsibility for the management of a Protected Area then we can ensure effective management guaranteeing sustainable use of natural resources, ecological integrity and stability, because we can ensure the application of international best practices and attract long term funding.

Measurable impact will be the increased biodiversity value of the Protected Area as well as the improved livelihoods of local communities which can be measured through annual protected area management evaluation (i.e. IMET).


Engaging in delegated management means taking on full responsibility for PA Management, ensuring transparency towards the government, the donors and the park’s stakeholdZers and guaranteeing results. This means:

  • Sovereignty is respected
  • Governance is shared
  • Management is contracted and effective

This is achieved through:

  • Long-term agreements (about 20 years),
  • A broad range of financial solutions (institutional, private, revenue generation)
  • Good governance mechanisms (representing key stakeholders)
  • The right park management (adapted to each park’s particularities)

This means that in each country, a Park Board is put into place (adjusted to the laws and regulations of each country) representing the government and PDN.

A Steering Committee subsequently regroups strategic partners, such as local authorities, financial partners and partners operating around the park (local communities, civil society, private sector, etc.).

The Park Management Unit, led by PDN, oversees all park management operations.

The park management Unit, implements the following five pillars encompassing a multitude of actions that lead to the restoration of protected areas, and ultimately their long-term sustainability: 1) Biodiversity conservation & Habitat Management, 2) Law Enforcement, 3) Community Development, 4) Revenue Generation, and 5) Management & Infrastructure

Technical, fundraising and administrative support is provided from PDN headquarters in France, kept at a minimum to ensure that the majority of the resources can be attributed to the protected areas.   

So far, PDN signed a delegated management agreement with the government of Niger for the Sahelo-Saharian Termit and Tin-Toumma Nature Reserve in 2018, has started a programme in Chad for the conversion of the Binder Léré Faunal Reserve into National Park to be managed by PDN and was recently selected to manage the Conkouati Douli National Park in Congo.

Ambitions for the future

While currently aiming to fully manage the three parks mentioned above by end of 2021, PDN’s ambition for 2025 is to safeguard a representative part of Africa’s most important biomes totaling 10 million ha. Looking at the surface cover and the carrying capacity of the different biomes in Africa, the aim will be to cover about 8 Mha of desert biome, 1M ha of grasslands, savannas and shrublands, 0,5M ha of moist broadleaf forests and 0,5M ha of aquatic biome (marine and coastal), in at least 5 Protected Areas. This will entail an annual budget of around €10 M and over 500 staff, while operating in often remote areas with elevated security risks. Hence, unlocking long term funding and investing in well-equipped and qualified staff operating in adequate working conditions (infrastructure, communications) will be PDN’s main focus in the near future to succeed in safeguarding the world’s last intact places, not only for those species living in and around the protected areas, but also to ensure ecosystem services will provide livelihoods for the human populations depending on them and mitigating global climate change.


Thanks especially to the French Development Agency (AFD) and the European Union (EU)


This covers the Termit and Tin Toumma National Nature Reserve in Niger, one of the largest protected areas in Africa


Thanks to all these dedicated people in Europe and in Africa we are making Parcs de Noé work

Our core team

In France, currently 6 persons are coordinating the activities for Parcs de Noé:

(5) Arnaud Greth is heading PDN while also founder and President of Noé. (6) Sebastien Pinchon is overseeing the operations, (3) Romain Beville is setting up management agreements and prospecting new wild places, (2) Bas Verhage is seeking finance and overseeing communications, (10) Catherine Martin is responsible for financial management and (9) Valentine Caffè is making PdN known to the world.

About 50 people work in the ground  to save the last wild places : (1) Abdoulaye Harouna is coordinating PDN’s activities in Niger and managing government relations,  (8) Frédéric Dumont is in charge of managing the Termit Tin Toumma Reserve assisted by (12) Ibrahim Bello as Deputy Park Manager and (11) Attoumane Issouf as Head of Community Development. In Chad Government relations and overall coordination is managed by (4) Edouard Boulanodji while (7) Jaime Diaz is overseeing the field activities and piloting the plane, owned by the NGO Wings for Conservation of which he is the founder.


Parcs de Noé est un programme de l’ONG Noé, qui est une association de protection de la nature, d’intérêt général et à but non lucratif, créée en 2001. Elle déploie en France et à l’international des actions de sauvegarde de la biodiversité pour le bien de toutes les espèces vivantes, y compris de l’espèce humaine.