GLOBAL FOREST WATCH PROJECT.

For more than 20 years, the Jane Goodall Institute has worked directly with local communities and other stake holders to build their capacity to better manage Ugandan forests. Since 2009, JGI has been working with Google Earth Outreach to develop a simple, practical and easy to use community mobile mapping and monitoring platform that can work in rugged, remote and disconnected environments , with occasional access to the internet.

The Budongo and Bugoma Forest Reserves in Western Uganda are home to an estimated 1,157 chimpanzees.to,date, the forest watcher app has been piloted with both national forestry authority officers and private forest owners in this region to better manage the forests upon which these chimpanzees depend.

Communities, protected area managers and private forest owners around the world including in Uganda often lack reliable internet access or the capacity to use web-based tools in the field. That is why Global Forest Watch in collaboration with Jane Goodall Institute and google earth Out reach, created the Forest Watcher app to provide relevant information on how our forests are changing- in the palm of your hand.

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