2020-2021 was an important year. COVID-19 revealed a deep disconnect between animals, people, and the environments we share. Critical conversations about race shone a light on the overwhelming environmental inequity faced by so many. The context in which we do our work became more complex, and – I believe – more important. 

So we began planting seeds for a new vision of JGI Canada. We took time to develop a better understanding of the role we could play, the communities we serve, and the diffference we truly want to make. 

This report outlines our team’s tireless effort to keep making a difference during this important, albeit disruptive year. But I wanted you to know about this less-visible work happening behind the scenes. Our new strategic direction – a result of this difficult year – is  now in full effect, and the seeds of this work are growing. We’ll be unveiling our 2021-2022 Annual Report in November of 2022, and I look forward to sharing this growth with you then. 

Thank you for being with us. Together, we will keep making an impact.

Bella Lam, CEO

Year At a Glance

Tchimpounga Sanctuary

Our Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center (TCRC) is the largest chimpanzee sanctuary in Africa. Even in the face of a global pandemic, Tchimpounga’s on-the-ground team continued to provide unparalleled care for rescued and orphaned chimpanzees at the main sanctuary, and the 3 natural islands along the Kouilou River. 

How to recycle your cell phone

Roots & Shoots

COVID-19 didn’t stop Roots & Shoots participants from making a difference. Even in the midst of a global pandemic, over 150 Roots & Shoots projects were successfully completed, involving more than 6,000 youth and engaging more than 44,000 community members. 


BCR is working to support rural communities to implement nature-based solutions to climate change, with a special focus on women farmers who have a lot of influence as key managers of their environment. We support local communities to introduce drought resistant crops and eco-friendly fuel sources that can also generate income and centre women’s leadership. 

A Virtual Visit to Senegal

See snippets from the Building Community Resilience to Climate Change in Senegal program.