The Jane Goodall Institute - Uganda
Founded by the renowned primatologist herself, The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) is a global non-profit organisation that empowers people to make a difference for all living things. Our work builds on Dr.Goodall’s scientific work and her humanitarian vision.
JGI has been active in Uganda for over two decades. Since 1991, JGI has worked to increase the capacity of local government and forest-adjacent communities to manage protected areas, engage communities in natural resource management planning, promote sustainable livelihoods, and educate students about chimpanzees, wildlife, and sustainable environmental conservation.
Uganda, which is estimated to contain about 5,000 chimpanzees, has experienced major habitat loss due to agricultural expansion, logging and hunting. Human-wildlife conflict, disease transmission between wildlife and humans, and limited income generating opportunities for forest-adjacent communities exacerbate tension. JGI implements an array of activities that focus on three major themes: conservation, advocacy and understanding.
1. The greater Gombe ecosystem and adjacent Masito Ugalla ecosystem: JGI works with local communities to develop land use plans to preserve the local flora and fauna, especially chimpanzees and to ensure the development of communities in harmony with the environment.
2. Albertine Rift Region, Uganda: JGI's work in Uganda's Rift region focuses on four major forested areas that are home to more than 75% of the country's estimated population of 5000 chimpanzees. Human encroachment, poaching, and a lack of income-generating activities in the local human populations are pressuring the availability of natural resources in and around these reserves. In order to combat these threats, JGI works to increase the capacity of local ecoguards and government employees to manage protected areas, engage local communities in land-use and natural resource-use planning, promote sustainable livelihoods, such as eco tourism, and educate students about wildlife and the importance of healthy ecosystems.
3. My. Otzi Central Forest Reserve, Uganda: To protect vulnerable species such as chimpanzees and elephants that range across the Ugandan-Sudanese border, JGI is working with the Wildlife Conservation Society to establish a mechanism for cooperation between Ugandan and Sudan Protected Area authorities. Particularly, JGI's efforts will focus on the area surrounding the Otzi CFR in Uganda, to sensitize local communities about the importance of sustainable natural resource use and to develop the government's capacity to protect the Reserve.
4. Tchimpounga Natural Reserve, Republic of Congo: Tchimpounga Natural Reserve faces many of the pressures that human populations place on natural resources. To prevent poaching, JGI employs local Eco-guards to protect the reserve, and is performing intensive biological surveys to determine the best sites for possible reintroduction of captive chimpanzees into the wild.
5. Maiko-Tayna-Kahuzi Biega Landscape, Democratic Republic of Congo: JGI works with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (DFGFI) and the Union of Associations for Gorilla Conservation and Community Development in Eastern DRC (UGADEC) to provide supplies and build capacity for park guards. In addition, JGI applies the TACARE model to improve health services and support the development of sustainable agricultural practices for local communities near the parks.