Restoring the Gombe Forests


Did you know that Jane Goodall’s fieldwork began amidst the lush Gombe forests of Tanzania? Nestled within the breathtaking landscapes of Tanzania lies the Gombe Stream National Park, this ecosystem has immense importance and plays a vital role in sustaining both local communities and global ecosystems. A biodiversity hotspot, the Gombe forests are home to a myriad of plant and animal species found nowhere else on Earth, from rare plant species to iconic wildlife such as the chimpanzees that Jane famously observed.

Despite their importance, the Gombe forests face numerous threats, including deforestation, illegal logging, overhunting, and habitat degradation. These activities not only endanger the biodiversity of the forests but also jeopardize the well-being of local communities and the sustainability of the ecosystem.

This was devastatingly apparent in 1992, when, during a flight over the forests of Gombe, Jane witnessed a stark reality. Where there were once miles of dense forest, she saw only a small oasis of green surrounded by barren, treeless hills.

JGI’s Commitment to Protecting Forests

Since that poignant moment, the Jane Goodall Institute has been deeply committed to protecting and restoring forests while supporting the communities living alongside these invaluable ecosystems. Our community-led conservation approach, Tacare, has been instrumental in driving progress in forest restoration efforts.

Tacare Approach

Tacare empowers local communities to take the lead in conservation efforts, recognizing their intimate connection to the land and their invaluable knowledge of local ecosystems. Through Tacare, we’ve witnessed remarkable progress driven by the dedication and wisdom of the people who call these forests home.

Learn more about Tacare with “Local Voices, Local Choices” and our Tacare storymaps.

Partnering for Impact

JGI recognizes the power of partnerships in achieving our conservation goals. Partnering with organizations like @NASA and @Esri, we’re able to support community-led initiatives across Africa that empower local people to safeguard their forests and ensure a sustainable future for all.
Learn more about NASA’s work with JGI.
Learn more about Esri’s work with JGI.

The Gombe forests are not just trees; they are lifelines. And preserving the Gombe forest is not just about protecting trees; it’s about safeguarding the homes and livelihoods of countless species and communities. It’s providing essential ecosystem services, supporting biodiversity, and sustaining the well-being of both people and the planet. Through collaborative efforts and community-led initiatives, we can work towards a future where forests flourish and all life thrive.

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