Exclusive Interview with Jane Goodall: Planting Trees for Chimpanzee Conservation
Diana Chaplin | January 6, 2021 | Photo Credit ©Vincent Calmel
Last year, One Tree Planted launched our partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute to plant 3 million trees in Uganda as part of a conservation effort to restore chimpanzee habitat and provide biological corridors for the chimpanzees 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 area affected by it. Here is 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:
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 ecosystems through logging, mining, and other habitat conversion, more and more forest land 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?
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.
What does the project entail?
This partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute will plant, protect and restore a total of 3 million trees. The reforestation will contribute to carbon sequestration, support ecosystem functioning such as water catchment, and maintain a habitat for highly endangered species relying 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 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.
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 and she is just beginning. Please join us in this incredible endeavor and consider planting a tree in Uganda today!
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