Our closest biological relatives, the chimpanzee, have been granted one more step in their journey towards continuing existence. The Jane Goodall Institute received a grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) that totaled in excess of $5.5 million (USD), for work that began on January 4, 2010.
is the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees. In addition to being an English UN Messenger of Peace, primatologist, ethologist, and anthropologist, she has spent 45 years studying their social and family interactions in Tanzania.
- More than 87,000 hectares of village forestlands being placed under protection by villagers;
- The development of detailed land-use plans by residents for 21 villages across the two ecosystems;
- The adoption of more sustainable agricultural practices by 40 percent of the farmers in the GGE;
- The generation of more than $400,000 (USD) in additional income for coffee farmers organized in cooperatives around Gombe National Park;
- The creation, training and support of 17 micro-credit associations; and
- The creation of more than 70 school-based environmental education clubs involving more than 5,500 young people.
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