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Cutting edge technology, local communities, and chimpanzee conservation

September 24, 2013

When she sees the level of forestation she says, “How can we even start to try these Chimpanzees if people are having such a tough life.”

The Jane Goodall Institute along with local African staff use IT tech to collect data on chimp habitat to map forest, illegal logging, deforestation and chimps.

In combination with satellite mapping and Google Earth this data can be expanded across Africa collaboratively.

Could this type of program help the spectacular primates of Vietnam?

And provide the people of Vietnam whose struggles compel them to poach and illegally cut wood with alternative incomes.

A jungle scientist

This short film gives a great introduction to a fantastic project of the Jane Goodall Institute, working with local communities, and empowering them to monitor and conserve their forests. Using smartphones, forest monitors can collect photographic and geospatial data, which is then uploaded online for analysis. A wonderful success story, illustrating how field research is being revolutionised by technology.

From the Ground to the Cloud: Transforming Chimpanzee Conservation with High-Tech Tools

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