This May, the team at the Jane Goodall Institute’s office in the Republic of Congo have been learning about the use of drones in conservation through a new partnership with Conservation Drones. Uses include: land cover mapping, more frequent censuses of wild chimpanzees, or censuses in areas unreachable by foot, surveying for rare tree species found nowhere else, to monitoring human impacts on the Tchimpounga Nature Reserve in which JGI runs many conservation programs. With this latest drone deployment in the Republic of the Congo, Conservation Drones are becoming an increasingly accessible and flexible tool for essential on the ground conservation efforts like those in Tchimpounga.
Shawn Sweeney is a senior director of community engagement at the Jane Goodall Institute and works to create connections among the organizations staff, constituents, supporters and the wider world. Shawn has been involved with the Jane Goodall Institute since 2004 when as a college student he led a group of fellow students in Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots at the College of Wooster. Shawn has a masters of education in humane education and has been working in service learning and communications with the Jane Goodall Institute since 2007 when he joined the staff.