Program Conservation Science

We use the latest scientific discoveries and technologies to solve some of the world’s toughest conservation challenges. This knowledge and these tools enable us to monitor habitat health, map distribution of chimpanzees and other great apes, and observe and analyze human impacts on critical habitats to inform conservation actions and management decisions.

It Started with Science, and Science Still Guides Our Path 

Founded by one of the world’s most celebrated scientists, science has always been at the core of the Jane Goodall Institute’s work. Dr. Jane Goodall’s trailblazing research of chimpanzees continues to be a foundational focus for JGI. Our conservation science vision is to explore, innovate and discover new solutions, technologies and tools to protect the environment and wildlife – especially chimpanzees, other great apes, and their habitats. We advance our understanding and monitoring of chimpanzees, habitats and threats, from individual to chimpanzee range-wide scales in Africa, with the aim to improve conservation decisions, develop more effective conservation strategies using Open Standards for the practice of preserving biodiversity and measuring tangible conservation success.

We leverage our data-reach, in addition to our impressive and unique long-term research at Gombe and other conservation sites in Africa, as global assets for interdisciplinary scientific research. By identifying, nurturing and managing critical partners to innovate, we are able to develop effective solutions to emerging conservation challenges. To do this, JGI implements innovative applications using cutting edge geospatial technologies, including satellite and UAV remote sensing, mobile, desktop, cloud as well as web-mapping tools and platforms. JGI also concentrates heavily on citizen science and crowd-sourcing with the aim of engaging and empowering local communities, and decision-makers, to be better stewards of the environment, protecting chimpanzees, other great apes, and all living things.

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A 360 View on Conservation Breathes Life into Innovation

Building on Dr. Goodall’s groundbreaking research, JGI uses the latest advances in science, and technology to conserve species and their habitats. By employing this knowledge and the latest tools to facilitate local communities, government agencies and other NGOs to set priorities, JGI, in partnership with these groups, is able to develop and implement conservation action plans which increase the scale and pace of our impact. Recent developments in remote sensing and cloud computing are making it possible for us to use satellite imagery to provide a detailed overview of all the chimpanzee habitats in Africa, while providing the kind of resolution needed to inform specific, local conservation decisions.

By sharing these advances with local stakeholders, JGI makes it possible for communities, district governments and other partners to gain unprecedented access to information that enables them to identify priorities and find solutions with the greatest positive impact on people, animals and the environment. By bringing new technology and crowd-sourced data into our grassroots conservation efforts, we in turn are provided with new insight into local indigenous knowledge, values and needs, which help us inform and implement more effective conservation strategies.

Photo credits on this page (left to right, top to bottom): JGI/Lilian Pintea, JGI, Andreas Hofweber