Dindéfélo Biological Station: JGI’s headquarters in Senegal
The FJBS is the center for research, conservation and education that the Jane Goodall Institute Spain has in Dindefelo, Senegal. It is dedicated to research related to the ecosystem and biodiversity of West Africa, with special attention to the studies of chimpanzees and their habitat. It also has tree nurseries for the reforestation and food security projects carried out by the Sustainable Agroforestry department. Thanks to Fundación Biodiversidad and the Barcelona Zoo Foundation, the construction of the Dindéfélo Biological Station (DBS) was possible, and it was officially inaugurated by Dr. Jane Goodall in February 2014.
Equipped with work and training areas, and accommodations for JGI staff, the center has a privileged location surrounded by nature, on the outskirts of the village of Dindéfélo. It is set at the beginning of a massif with the same name, Fouta Jallon, with sweeping views of the southern part of the Kédougou region. The DBS began to host activities in July 2013 and has been fully operational since October of that same year.
The DBS aims to set a benchmark for universities, researchers and students from around the world. It is a place to develop doctorates, specializations and research related to the conservation of chimpanzees and their habitat. Furthermore, the FJBS is open to disciplines such as Anthropology, Botany, Sociology or Biodiversity studies.
The DBS also offers training to international, national and regional students. Since its opening, it has hosted several editions of the course 'Applied Research on Chimpanzee Conservation' for students from Spain and Guinea Bissau, as well as the course 'Guide to Ecotourism in Africa', 'Applied Research Technologies' and 'Introduction to Field Primatology '.
The complex is also a training center to empower local participants in sustainable agriculture and forestry management for food security of this socio-economically disadvantaged territory, and in other matters related to sustainable rural development, ecotourism management, manufacturing local products, management of natural resources, environmental education, etc. Sessions of the Roots&Shoots environmental education program are carried out there with local children.