The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) is dedicated to the conservation of chimpanzees and the African forests that they call home. As a means to accomplishing this mission, JGI is also dedicated to providing support to communities located in chimpanzee habitat areas, including several projects aimed at ensuring that girls in these communities stay in school and have the resources they need to grow up as healthy women.
While these projects are worthy endeavors in their own right, in honor of World Population Day on July 11, JGI would like to illustrate how they will help us achieve our goal of protecting 85% of chimpanzees and their habitat over the next 30 years.
Girl's Education & Chimpanzee Conservation
Girls who complete secondary education generally have smaller families, leading to less population growth and thus less deforestation.
The families of women who have achieved this level of schooling are also more stable financially. Families who are able to meet their basic needs are in a better position to care for their environment and less likely to contribute to activities that threaten chimpanzees and other animal species, such as poaching.
By helping girls stay in school and obtain a higher level of education, JGI is improving the lives of these young women while helping to conserve the forest habitat around their communities at the same time.
Reproductive Health & Chimpanzee Conservation
At first glance, teaching girls about reproductive health might seem unrelated to chimpanzee conservation. However, one of the biggest threats to chimpanzees is habitat loss, caused in part by population growth. Population growth leads to rapid deforestation as communities encroach farther and farther into the forests.
Through JGI’s community-centered conservation projects, girls living in communities near chimpanzee habitat areas are educated about family planning methods as well as disease prevention.
By ensuring that these young women are educated about reproductive health issues, JGI can help stem population growth and, in doing so, protect more critical chimpanzee habitat.
This program spotlight was written in honor of United Nation's World Population Day.
Established by the United Nations in 1989, World Population Day is aimed at increasing global awareness about population issues. Issues concerning population are related to a variety of other concerns, including to gender equality, human rights and conservation.
Rapid population growth in Africa is adversely affecting wild chimpanzees and other endangered great apes. As the human population grows, forests are cut down to make room for houses and farms, illegal poaching increases, and incidents of human-chimpanzee conflict rises. For these reasons, and many more, JGI is committed to addressing the issues surrounding population growth in communities located in and around chimpanzee habitat areas. In observance of World Population Day, please take a look the links below and learn how JGI is saving chimpanzees by addressing population growth in Africa.