Uganda is one of the most biologically diverse countries in Africa and much of that biodiversity – including an estimated 5,000 Eastern chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) – is concentrated in the western forests of the Albertine Rift. Chimpanzee habitats in Uganda are threatened by high human population growth and the related deforestation for farmland, wood fuel and settlement.
Nearly three decades ago, Dr Jane Goodall developed a ground-breaking community conservation approach that included the needs of local people and the environment – we call this ‘Tacare.’ Through the ‘Tacare’ approach, the Jane Goodall Institute in Uganda (JGI Uganda) undertakes a wide variety of programmes that help protect chimpanzees and benefit communities located near their habitats.
Here at the Jane Goodall Institute UK, we fund projects in Africa run by sister Institutes that enable us to help tackle conservation challenges from multiple angles. In Senegal we focus our support on helping to protect wild chimpanzees and reversing deforestation through community led initiatives. In South Africa and Republic of Congo we support JGI sanctuaries that provide a safe haven for chimps rescued from wildlife trafficking and other illegal activity. In 2022 we started to support JGI Uganda by contributing towards one of their existing projects that helps empower girls living in communities near wild chimpanzees.