Exclusive Interview with Jane Goodall:

Planting Trees for Chimpanzee Conservation

Diana Chaplin | March 18, 2022 | Photo Credit ©Vincent Calmel

In 2020, One Tree Planted launched our partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute to plant 3 million trees in Uganda as part of a wider conservation effort to restore critical chimpanzee habitat and provide biological corridors for them to safely move between forests.

Dr. Goodall has had an incredible life and career dedicated to chimpanzees, biodiversity and supporting thriving ecosystems, so there’s no one better to provide a valuable perspective on this. We had the incredible honor of sitting down with Dr. Goodall to discuss the reforestation project, and the forests of Africa.

You may have a few key questions about the project and the areas that will be directly affected. Here's more information about the state of chimpanzees in Uganda, the Albertine Rift, and our project in partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute to help restore these crucial areas:

Why chimpanzees?

Chimpanzees are endangered in Uganda and their population numbers have been shrinking across their range countries in Africa for decades. As inequity and unsustainable practices have driven human populations to degrade forests through logging, mining and other activities, more and more critical habitat is being lost. As such, protecting chimpanzee habitat through community-led approaches is core to the work of the Jane Goodall Institute, and has been for decades, with big impact.

What is the Albertine Rift?

Uganda's Albertine Rift is globally recognized as a biodiversity hotspot. It ranks first among continental Africa's 119 distinct terrestrial eco-regions for number of endemic species of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians, and second in terms of globally threatened species. In fact, over 50% of birds, 39% of mammals, 19% of amphibians, and 14% of reptiles and plants of mainland Africa reside in this region. 

What does the project entail?

In partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute, we are planting, protecting and restoring a total of 3 million trees. As the trees grow, they'll contribute to carbon sequestration, support vital ecosystem functions, and maintain critical habitat for the highly endangered species that rely on the Albertine Rift for their survival — including endangered chimpanzee populations, through the empowerment of local communities. The trees will be split between reforesting protected areas and creating and maintaining biological corridors between protected areas.

A variety of local tree species will be planted based on the needs of specific sites. These include, among others, Maesopsis eminii, Cordia africana, Milicia excelsa, Mitrigyna stipulosa, Lovoa trichiliodes, Khaya anthotheca (an African Mahogany), and Albizia, Trichilia and Ficus (Fig) species.

We are so honored to be joining Dr. Jane Goodall in not just her mission, but her legacy to protect the habitat of endangered chimpanzees. She has moved and inspired people across the globe to make positive changes and impacts for nature. Please join us in this incredible endeavor and consider planting a tree in Uganda today! 

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With your help, we will:

  • This is an incredibly special wildlife habitat and corridor restoration partnership between One Tree Planted and the Jane Goodall Institute. The objective is to restore and conserve nature for biodiversity while also supporting local communities. The trees will be planted in the Albertine Rift forests of Uganda, close to where Dr. Jane Goodall began her extraordinary career and fell in love with chimpanzees - our closest wildlife relatives. Donations here will go towards planting 3 million trees as part of a broad long-term and large-scale initiative that will connect forests for wildlife, establish tree nurseries, strengthen forest monitoring and law enforcement to prevent future deforestation, promote agroforestry practices that integrate trees into farming systems, and much more.
  • The Albertine Rift is globally recognized as a biodiversity hotspot, it ranks first among 119 distinct terrestrial eco-regions of continental Africa in terms of endemic species of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians, and second in terms of globally threatened species. Over 50% of birds, 39% of mammals, 19% of amphibians, and 14% of reptiles and plants of mainland Africa reside in this region. The restoration of these forests will contribute to carbon sequestration, support ecosystem functioning such as water catchment, engage local communities in sustainable practices, and maintain a habitat for highly endangered species relying on the Albertine Rift for their survival - including the endangered chimpanzee.
  • A personalized tree certificate (see gallery) to say thanks for your donation. We’ll also send you updates on this project, so you can track the impact your trees are having on the community, wildlife, and environment.
  • A variety of local trees will be planted based on the needs of specific sites. Species include, among others, Maesopsis eminii, Cordia africana, Milicia excelsa, Mitrigyna stipulosa, Lovoa trichiliodes, Khaya anthotheca (an African Mahogany), and Albizia, Trichilia and Ficus (Fig) species.

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