JGI, with support from the Acrus Foundation and The World We Want Foundation, is leading a Conservation Action Plan (CAP) to protect the Democratic Republic of Congo’s most important regions for biodiversity. Representatives from the national, regional and local government were brought together to further the reach of the CAP program. This project targets 66 million acres, roughly the size of Colorado, where 35,000 chimpanzees and 2,500 to 3,000 gorillas live.
The CAP created a mapping database, allowing scientific information to be crowd-sourced and shared across communities.This mapping provides conservationists with the most complete view of the status of great apes in the eastern DRC region, and it prioritizes the most important threats to the gorillas and their habitat. Additionally, the visual maps allows local communities to have a better grasp of their impact on the environment.