Emmanuel Mtiti – Hope is Communities Leading Conservation Change (Jane Goodall Hopecast #13)


Episode Summary

In this episode, Dr. Jane Goodall is joined by Emmanuel Mtiti, who she has worked with for nearly three decades. Emmanuel Mtiti, senior program and policy director at JGI Tanzania, is one of the co-creators of ‘Tacare’ – JGI’s community-driven conservation approach – alongside Dr. Goodall and George Strunden. Mtiti shares how this holistic, community-centered approach to conservation supports local ownership of the process of human development and managing local environments. In this illuminating conversation, Jane and Mtiti reminisce on how Tacare started in 1995 with just 12 Tanzanian villages around Gombe, and how today the innovative program includes 104 villages in Western Tanzania. As JGI has grown, so has Tacare with programs now in several countries including DRC, Republic of the Congo, Uganda and more across the chimpanzee range in Africa. Jane and Mtiti reflect on how this approach has provided a roadmap for the future of harmonious coexistence with the natural world. Together they discuss JGI’s hope for the expansion of this model around the world. 

At the End of the Rainbow

Stay to the end of the episode to hear a rare archival clip of Dr. Goodall reflecting on the perspective she gained by flying over Gombe National Park, which helped her realize that helping to improve quality of life for people who live around the park was integral in creating lasting change for wildlife and habitats.

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Stay tuned…Episode 14 features Dr. Rebeca Atencia, manager + Executive Director JGI Republic of Congo, Tchimpounga

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About Author

Scientist. Activist. Storyteller. Icon. Jane Goodall blazed the trail and changed the world. Now, she's studying new subjects – humans! This brand-new podcast will take listeners on a one-of-a-kind journey as they learn from Dr. Goodall's extraordinary life, hear from changemaking guests from every arena, and become awed by a growing movement sparked by Jane and fueled by hope. Join us as we get curious, grow compassion, and take action to build a better world for all. As we face some of the greatest challenges to humankind and the natural world, we have a unique opportunity: the power of technology to connect and share ideas. Now is the time to galvanize people around Jane’s message of hope in action and bring big thinkers together to change hearts and minds alike. The Jane Goodall Hopecast is produced by the Jane Goodall Institute by Dan DuPont, Shawn Sweeney, and Ashley Sullivan. Our production partner is FRQNCY Media. Michelle Khouri is our executive producer, Enna Garkusha is our producer, and Matthew Ernest Filler is our editor and sound designer. Our music is composed and performed by Ruth Mendelson with additional violin tracks from Angie Shyr. Sound design and music composition for the Conservation Chorus is by Matthew Ernest Filler.