Field Research

Since 2012, Tacugama Community Outreach Programme (TCOP) has been conducting both biodiversity and socio-economic research in various districts of the country. The objectives of these studies are to obtain data on the wild chimpanzee population living in human-disturbed habitats, to estimate biodiversity richness, and to further understand the dynamics between people and wildlife in rural communities.

Field research has been conducted in Western Area Peninsula Forest Reserve (2011-2012/2016-2017), in Moyamba district (2012-2017), in Tonkolili district (2013), in Port Loko district (2013-2014), in Bombali district (2014), in Pujehun district (2016-2017) and in Loma Mountains (2019-2020).

In addition, Tacugama has been part of the research team for different Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) including the Bumbuna Hydroelectric Project in 2018 and the potential expansion of pineapple plantations in 2021.