Dr. Lilian Pintea Talks Tech & Tools for Community-Driven Conservation


JGI’s community-driven approach has been at the forefront of understanding the needs of local communities to collaborate and empower ownership of conservation for 30 years. Dr. Lilian Pintea, vp of conservation science has been advancing this work through innovations in technology and science, as well as key partnerships with companies like Esri, providing frameworks and functional applications using data to give local communities the most efficient, practical way to drive conservation decisions and sustainable development.

At the 2021 Esri Geodesign conference, Dr. Pintea shared more about the specific use cases of Geodesign in the application of Tacare, our community-led approach, across the chimpanzee range. Geodesign processes with local communities use dialogues and a common language provided by high resolution satellite imagery to discuss threats like deforestation and provide effective community-led solutions. This allows local people to combine their knowledge, ground truthing, and the best available visualizations and technology to restore ecosystems and ecosystem services. While restoring essential forest habitat for chimpanzees and reducing human-wildlife conflict, this also helps to prevent disasters like landslides and erosion, as well as zoonotic spillover events such as COVID-19. Giving the tools and insights to the people most impacted helps address the difficulties facing human communities, like poverty and lack of access to education and healthcare, which are the pressures that drive conservation threats. Through JGI’s Tacare approach, wellbeing is improved for people, other animals, and the environments they share.

Watch and share Dr. Pintea’s presentation below!

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About Author

Ashley Sullivan is the Director of Storytelling & Marketing for Communications & Partnerships at the Jane Goodall Institute USA, where she works to connect individuals with Dr. Jane Goodall's vision, and the JGI mission to create a better world for all by protecting the interconnections between people, other animals, and the environment. Ashley graduated Stony Brook University with a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology and a minor in Biology, and is pursuing a Master's of Science in Environmental Science & Policy at Johns Hopkins University with a focus on Environmental Justice. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, now a D.C. resident, she has a varied background including 10+ years of expert communications and digital marketing in the social and environmental non-profit sector. Her intersectional approach to this work has been shaped by a holistic world-view, having traveled to Madagascar and Ecuador for conservation research projects, leading communications for youth social justice filmmaking organizations, and as a part of several professional groups advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in environmental spaces including Greens REALIGN. With skills ranging from conservation fieldwork, policy and advocacy campaigns, strategic communications, art, digital media, and design, Ashley believes in sharing information to empower and in the magic of storytelling to transform hearts and minds. Through growing understanding, empathy, and justice, she is igniting positive change to create that better, more equitable world, every day.