Dar es Salaam. The US Agency for International Development in collaboration with the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) will issue a total of $20 million (about Sh45 billion), which will help improve large-scale landscape management across western Tanzania.
The project was officially launched yesterday during a function, which was attended by US charge d’affaires Inmi Patterson and minister for State for Union Affairs and Environment January Makamba.
A statement from the US Embassy said in Dar es Salaam yesterday that the money will be disbursed in a period of five years.
“This new programme supports the people of Kigoma and Katavi regions as well as local governments in implementing land use plans, which will affect a total of 104 villages,” the statement reads.
The project is designed to protect the environment and support more productive activities such as coffee production and ecotourism for locals. The Jane Goodall Institute will work closely with communities to encourage more sustainable land management practices and promote environmental education, using platforms such as the Jane Goodall Institute’s very successful Roots and Shoots programmes.
Additionally, as part of this grant, the Institute will continue its work with the government to create more robust systems for monitoring chimpanzee populations, both inside and outside protected areas.