Africa Programs

JGI unveils long-term conservation plan for Greater Gombe Ecosystem

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.

US Fish and Wildlife Service funds conservation planning in Tanzania

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 scientist Dr. Lilian Pintea shares expertise at global event

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.

JGI staff works on amidst insecurity

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.

JGI ethnobotanist Grace Gobbo named National Geographic “Emerging Explorer”

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.

JGI's Debby Cox: Rare Vision and Determination

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.

JGI raises chimpanzee awareness in West Africa

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.

Highlighting mobile HIV/AIDS testing in Kigoma


The support of the US Agency for International Development is critical to our work in western Tanzania and other parts of Africa.

A new JGI success story on the USAID/Tanzania website highlights 
a mobile HIV/AIDS testing initiative in the Kigoma region that provides instant results and offers counseling and education.

Click here to read Villagers Flock to Mobile HIV Testing


Grassroots JGI project brings light to DRC village

A new micro-hydro power plant is delivering critical electricity to a school of conservation biology, a maternal and child health care center and other facilities in Kasugho, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), thanks to the efforts of JGI and its partners.

The new facility brings power to a rural village far from the national power grid and is transforming the lives of 16,000 people.

Strengthening ties with a major JGI partner

The Jane Goodall Institute's recent dinner in honor of Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete provided an opportunity for governmental representatives, policymakers, NGOs and others to discuss the economic and environmental future of Tanzania.

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