Community Centered Conservation
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Dario Merlo is the project coordinator for the Jane Goodall Institute’s community-centered conservation program in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC-CCC). The DRC-CCC program is a holistic approach to conservation. By improving health care, providing reproductive health services, and supporting local people to develop sustainable and more efficient agricultural and livestock practices, the program aims to build communities’ capacity for conservation.
JGI's Mary Mavanza recently appeared on Voice of America's "In Focus" to discuss the Institute's work with women and communities in Africa.
Footage coutesy of Voice of America.
A Conversation with Jane Goodall on Stage and in Person Featuring Presentation of the 2011 Jane Goodall Leadership Awards
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September 27, 2011
Contact: Claire Gwatkin Jones
A CONVERSATION WITH JANE GOODALL
ON STAGE AND IN PERSON
PRESENTATION OF THE 2011 JANE GOODALL GLOBAL LEADERSHIP AWARDS
Renowned primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall, Ph.D., DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) and UN Messenger of Peace, brought her message of hope to the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, Calif., on Sept. 24, 2011, for A Conversation with Jane Goodall. This unique event included a short solo performance by Grammy®-winning artist Dave Matthews.
Background / Issues:
The project, which involves a variety of leading public and private partners, received a three-year, $2.7 million (USD) grant from the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Tanzania.
The Wild West Project is a collaboration between the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) to support biodiversity conservation and improve natural resource management in northern and western Uganda.
The Wild West Project:
JGI’s peer-to-peer education program equips young women in Uganda with information on topics including HIV/AIDS, other sexually transmitted diseases and reproductive health. JGI also provides training in life-planning skills designed to help girls successfully navigate the challenges of maturing into adulthood. The girls then return to their schools and communities and share what they've learned with their peers who are often more comfortable receiving information from people of the same age group rather than adults.
The overarching goal of the Gombe-Masito-Ugalla (GMU) Program is to conserve biodiversity and protect and restore wildlife habitat in critical ecosystems in western Tanzania.
The Girls’ Scholarship project helps to decrease the gap between the levels of education achieved by men and women in the Kigoma community of western Tanzania. Thus far, the program has sponsored 249 girls to attend elementary school, high school and university.