Esri Book from Jane Goodall Institute Shows Community-Led Approach to Conservation

Geospatial Technology Helps Empower Local Environmental Initiatives in Africa

REDLANDS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#ArcGIS–Ethologist and primatologist Jane Goodall has long been recognized as the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees. The Jane Goodall Institute’s (JGI) work in conservation has also been transforming human and animal lives for decades, building on a lifelong career advocating for environmental justice. As a partner of JGI, Esri, the global leader in location intelligence, is releasing Local Voices, Local Choices: The Tacare Approach to Community-Led Conservation. The new book about the Tacare method—pronounced ta-CAR-reh—tells the story of this holistic, community-led approach to conservation.

Since the 1990s, JGI has refined a model of conservation that relies on collaboration and empowerment. Rather than conservationists from outside leading the effort and prescribing what they believe is best, community members themselves make the decisions. Using science, technology, and support from conservationists, local communities learn about their human impact on the environment. Once they understand how to balance that impact with their needs, they can prioritize these factors and decide their own path into the future.

Written for conservationists, fans of Goodall, and anyone interested in environmental issues, each chapter brings readers into the diverse perspectives around Tacare—not only those of JGI staff and program partners but also, and equally, the local people who lead these initiatives.

Local Voices, Local Choices is also supported with online resources, including Learn ArcGIS lessons and an ArcGIS StoryMaps story. Anyone can access these and learn more about Tacare and the people involved.

Local Voices, Local Choices: The Tacare Approach to Community-Led Conservation is available in print (ISBN: 9781589486461, 280 pages, US$36.99) and as an ebook (ISBN: 9781589486478, US$36.99). Both editions can be obtained from most online retailers worldwide. The print edition is also available for purchase at or by calling 1-800-447-9778. If outside the United States, visit for complete ordering options, or visit to contact your local Esri distributor. Interested retailers can contact Esri Press book distributor Ingram Publisher Services.

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