Following the Memorandum of Understanding entered into February between African Parks and the Chadian Government to assess the potential of Ennedi as a wildlife and cultural protected area, the organisation appointed Rocco Rava, a tour operator and authority on Chad who completed his Master's degree in geography on Ennedi.
Meetings were held with the Governor of the Fada region to confer on the establishment of Ennedi as a protected area as well as with officials from the European Union to discuss institutional funding from the organisation for the project.
Two vehicles were purchased and suitably equipped for the assessment of Ennedi as a protected area, including tracking devices to ensure continuous communication with the control rooms at Zakouma and Ndjamena. In addition, staff were hired to implement the initial phase of the assessment.
More than 100 rock art sites have already been identified by African Parks for inclusion in potential tourism offerings. They include thousands of paintings and engravings in caves and on walls, some dating back 8 000 years, illustrating the presence of elephant, giraffe, rhino (both black and white), cheetah and ostrich and hundreds of scenes featuring, herdsmen and their cattle, warriors and dancing women.