Science & Technology for Conservation

Leveraging cutting-edge technology to achieve lasting, on-the-ground conservation results in critical habitats.

From our founding, science has been at the core of JGI’s work. Today, in addition to continuing the longest-running field research on chimpanzees, Gombe serves as a living laboratory, helping us understand how to see and manage people, wildlife and natural resources under the same conservation action plan. Continuing the legacy of Gombe research is essential to the entire conservation sector’s understanding of chimpanzees, their conservation needs, and the efficacy of strategies to save chimpanzees not only in Gombe but also over their entire range in Africa.

Building on Dr. Goodall’s groundbreaking research, JGI’s conservation science program provides the platform to generate actionable information to improve conservation decision making, inform the management of chimpanzee populations and design human land uses that promote the protection of chimpanzees and their habitats. Effective decision-making requires accurate and up-to-date information about chimpanzee population, status and distribution as well as data points about the proximity of threats to the corridors linking forests. Recent developments in remote sensing and cloud computing are making it possible for us to use satellite imagery to provide a detailed overview of chimpanzee habitats that provide the kind of resolution needed to inform specific, local conservation decisions. With support from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), JGI is developing a Decision Support System to annually monitor and forecast chimpanzee habitat suitability and health in Africa.