Bristol Conservation and Science Foundation and Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust have been engaged in conservation in the Comoros since the 1990s, when they carried out the first expeditions to the Comoros to capture Livingstone’s bats for breeding in captivity. Their commitment to the species conservation in the wild let to the development of a pilot participatory conservation programme in Anjouan in 2007.
In March 2009, the project was awarded a three-year grant of £241,000 from the UK government’s Darwin Initiative to expand the community activities to a total of ten villages in the southern half of Anjouan. A year later, funding of 750,000 Euros for the period to the end of 2012, was awarded by the French Development Agency (FDA).
The project has maintained strong partnerships with the Government of the Union of the Comoros and the Administration of the Autonomous Islands of Anjouan, as well as with a number of other local institutions. An important partnership agreement was signed in 2011 with Agronomes et Vétérinaires Sans Frontières.