JGI’s community-driven approach has been at the forefront of understanding the needs of local communities to collaborate and empower ownership of conservation for 30 years. Dr. Lilian Pintea, vp of conservation science has been advancing this work through innovations in technology and science, as well as key partnerships with companies like Esri, providing frameworks and functional applications using data to give local communities the most efficient, practical way to drive conservation decisions and sustainable development.

At the 2021 Esri Geodesign conference, Dr. Pintea shared more about the specific use cases of Geodesign in the application of Tacare, our community-led approach, across the chimpanzee range. Geodesign processes with local communities use dialogues and a common language provided by high resolution satellite imagery to discuss threats like deforestation and provide effective community-led solutions. This allows local people to combine their knowledge, ground truthing, and the best available visualizations and technology to restore ecosystems and ecosystem services. While restoring essential forest habitat for chimpanzees and reducing human-wildlife conflict, this also helps to prevent disasters like landslides and erosion, as well as zoonotic spillover events such as COVID-19. Giving the tools and insights to the people most impacted helps address the difficulties facing human communities, like poverty and lack of access to education and healthcare, which are the pressures that drive conservation threats. Through JGI’s Tacare approach, wellbeing is improved for people, other animals, and the environments they share.

Watch and share Dr. Pintea’s presentation below!

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