Colorado, USA, 26 April 2007: DigitalGlobe was recently recognized for their continued contribution to conservation efforts by The Jane Goodall Institute. With work in Tanzania, Uganda and Congo, The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) utilized DigitalGlobe’s QuickBird satellite imagery to make effective conservation decisions, based on information about the status of chimpanzee habitats and where and how people use their land.
With the aid of satellite imagery, JGI has mapped human structures, farms and forests to utilize in the development of a Conservation Action Plan and village land use plans in the USAID funded Greater Gombe Ecosystem Program. Satellite imagery will be also used to map tree canopies for assessing chimpanzee food availability and feeding behavior research in Gombe National Park. In remote places such as the Masito-Ugalla Ecosystem, the imagery could show illegal logging and farming and support biodiversity and socio-economic surveys. In the Greater Mahale Ecosystem, QuickBird imagery will be used in collaboration with the Frankfurt Zoological Society as a way to evaluate, monitor and mitigate the potential impact of a road construction outside Mahale National Park.
Dr. Lilian Pintea, Director of Conservation Science of JGI said “By providing objective and spatially accurate data on both chimpanzee habitats and human land uses, QuickBird imagery revolutionized the way we can do applied research and inform conservation actions.”
“It’s so rewarding for us to see how our imagery is helping to advance such an important cause as people are finding more and more uses for satellite imagery,” said Walter Scott, founder and CTO of DigitalGlobe. “Conservation projects show the potential to use satellite imagery to explore large swaths of terrain.”
Founded in 1977, the Jane Goodall Institute continues Dr. Goodall’s pioneering research of chimpanzee behavior research that transformed scientific perceptions of the relationship between humans and animals. Today, the Institute is in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. It also is widely recognized for establishing innovative community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and the education program, which has groups in more than 95 countries.