Economic Growth Through Growing Forests
Human need for resource extraction, production, and sustenance drives much of the human-animal conflict, particularly with chimpanzees, in central African countries. Chimps are hunted for bushmeat, which is in demand in city markets, and their forest homes are clear cut to make room for agriculture and settlements.
JGI is working to reduce dependence on hunting and deforestation by promoting agroforestry in communities surrounding forest reserves and important chimp habitat. We provide training on how to establish woodlots that can be used as cooking fuel, and seedlings of fruit-bearing trees that can provide both food and a source of income. More sustainable and lucrative small business means more access to health care, better nutrition and less human-wildlife conflict.