This case study was winner of the 2016 Adaptive Management Case Study competition as it amply demonstrated the power of the Open Standards in refocusing effort according to evidence, the use of participatory spatial planning and for delivering results on the ground.
In Chimpanzee habitat that occurs in village lands above Lake Tanganyika, the Jane Goodall Institute assessed their project situation using the steps of the Open Standards and realized some of their primary assumptions were misplaced and thus some strategies employed were less effective.
Using participatory planning localized to each village community and with the aid of spatial mapping, they refocused their efforts resulting in 26% of the area being voluntarily set aside as forest reserves by villages. Now an increase in regeneration is being observed in much of these areas. This model has successfully been redeployed elsewhere and ongoing review is revealing other factors that need to be addressed.