Currently, Africa has one of the highest population growth rates in the world. The continent’s 1999 population of 767 million people is projected to have more than doubled by 2050, according to UN population figures.
Teacher, journalist, doctor – many girls dream about achieving these careers. But the challenges can be more than daunting, especially for girls in Africa. For young women in Kigoma, Tanzania -- where JGI partners with communities to conserve forest habitat and develop sustainable livelihoods -- the barriers for girls to secondary and higher education are high.
Building on the work we’ve been doing in the Kigoma region of Tanzania for the past 15 years, JGI and conservation partners including The Nature Conservancy (TNC) have completed a 30-year plan to guide restoration and preservation of the Greater Gombe Ecosystem (GGE).
JGI worked with other wildlife and conservation experts, NGOs and government representatives in Tanzania to develop a plan that will preserve the ecosystem for the benefit of biodiversity, natural resources and sustainable human livelihoods.
The future of chimpanzees is precarious in all of their 22 range countries – including Tanzania, where we continue Jane Goodall’s groundbreaking chimpanzee behaviour research and partner with villages to promote conservation and sustainable livelihoods.
Now, in a new partnership partly funded by the US government, JGI will partner with the Tanzanian government, academia and other NGOs to develop a comprehensive action plan focused on guaranteeing the long-term survival of chimpanzees in Tanzania.
JGI’s Director of Conservation Science Lilian Pintea recently traveled to India to attend a global sharing of information and expertise about the role of geospatial science in developing a sustainable planet. Dr. Goodall also attended the second Map World Forum, Feb. 10-13, in Hyderabad, India.
The JGI staff in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is working in the most challenging of conditions -- traveling to and among villages despite fighting nearby between militia forces and government forces.
For centuries, medicinal plants used by traditional healers have been at the heart of health care in Tanzania, where most of the population can’t afford the high price of imported drugs. But today, both the rainforest where many of the plants are found and indigenous medical knowledge are disappearing.
Women who have dedicated their lives to protecting chimpanzees are known to be forces of nature, and Debby Cox is no exception. Founder of the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Uganda, she has fought tirelessly for chimpanzees for more than 20 years. Her achievements were recognized this week when she was honored as a Member of the Order of Australia for her efforts to benefit and preserve chimpanzees.
In many chimpanzee range areas, people do not know that chimpanzees are endangered and protected by law. This makes awareness efforts a critical part of conservation. Only when local communities understand chimpanzees’ precarious state, similarities to us, value to local economies and role within ecosystems will they work for chimpanzee survival.