Preserving biodiversity and protecting chimpanzees
Duration of the partnership
In 50 years, 70% of these great apes have disappeared as a result of deforestation, stemming from land being used for farming, pastures, as well as mining and other activities. Despite being the smallest national park in the country, Gombe National Park in Tanzania is home to remarkable biodiversity including many endangered species such as chimpanzees, tree pangolins and even elephants. This abundance of flora and fauna is threatened by the pressure placed on their resources, as well as the fragmentation of their habitat. As a result, there is an urgent need for sustainable practices that ensure people coexist harmoniously with their environment.
The Gombe project focus on two key areas:
Starting from the chimpanzee communities initially studied by Jane Goodall to their present-day descendants, this is the world’s longest-running study on wild primates. Research at Gombe continues to provide unique and dynamic applications, linked to both human behaviour and health.
Chimpanzee research focuses on life stories, by tracing individuals, their communities and families through time and different situations. This is recognised by scientists as the “Jane Goodall approach” and is followed to this day at the Gombe Stream Research Centre led by Dr Deus C Mjungu.
Jane Goodall created the TACARE programme in Gombe, a flagship conservation and development project that aims to respond to local issues of economic and sustainable development, while also replenishing areas that were previously destroyed by unsustainable agriculture. TACARE uses a community-centred conservation (CCC) approach, which helps to respond to the community’s needs efficiently while also preserving their environment.
TACARE is divided into five key project areas: community development, reforestation (including the construction of an ecological corridor), agriculture, health, and Roots&Shoots — the flagship environmental education programme from the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI), which has now been rolled out on five continents!
Thanks to donations from ARRONDI en caisse (a scheme where customers round up their payments to donate the spare change to the cause), the Institute will be able to plant hundreds of thousands of trees to restore the chimpanzees’ habitat. Hundreds of trees will also be planted in France via the Roots&Shoots programme to educate children (and adults!) about the challenges of protecting our environment.
Key figures after 4 years of partnership (2019-2022) :
The objectives of the partnership renewal are as follows for 2023-2025 :
The project is being implemented for and by local populations living in the area surrounding Gombe National Park. The park is home to remarkable biodiversity, with more than 84 chimpanzees and 217 baboons studied by primatologists, ethologists and other researchers. By preserving the national park, around a total of 500 chimpanzees are protected.
In addition to all this, the research centre attracts researchers from all over the world. More than 250 researchers have conducted studies in Gombe, including researchers from Tanzania, with generations of young people following in their footsteps.
Gombe National Park is located in Tanzania, East Africa. This is the birthplace of Dr Jane Goodall’s work and the JGI, which was founded in 1960. It is an iconic and symbolic place, forming the heart of the Jane Goodall Institute network. The park has been recognised as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 2018.
In 2020, the Gombe project celebrated not only its 60th birthday and 60 years of field research, but also the development of a conservation programme that puts local communities at the heart of its strategy.