De rangers zijn blij met de WakaWaka’s van Greenchoice!

De rangers zijn blij met de WakaWaka’s van Greenchoice!
21 juli 2017 Linda van Hage

Greenchoice gaf als eerste gebaar voor een langdurige samenwerking samen met WakaWaka de rangers 25 WakaWaka-systemen.

In veel gebieden in Afrika hebben mensen geen toegang tot licht en elektriciteit. Ze zijn afhankelijk van giftige, gevaarlijke kerosine lampen en kaarsen. WakaWaka is een Nederlandse social enterprise die hier met innovatieve oplossingen verandering in brengt, zodat iedereen gebruik kan maken van ’s werelds grootste energiebron: de zon.

In Uganda, Senegal, Tanzania, Burundi en Democratic Republic of Congo helpen de WakaWaka’s onze rangers al.


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They are used to recharge our tablets which are being used for forest monitoring by using ODK application in the GMU program area. The Forest Monitors have been facing tablets charging challenges for long time and WakaWaka is a solution as most of them live in remote areas where electricity is not available.




Quote from Tanzania director Fred Kimaro, “We were delighted to receive the WakaWaka small solar light and the Base-10 and we have begun testing them in the Gombe sunshine.  As a baseline we can compare them with one of the small lights we received a year or two ago, which has been performing extremely well, everyone wants one!


Om de chimpansees en hun leefgebieden te beschermen is jouw hulp nodig!
Steun het goede werk van het Jane Goodall Instituut met een donatie of adopteer een chimpansee 


The Reserve Naturelle Communautaire de Dindefelo (RNCD), is one of the most remote areas of Senegal and the area of the country with fewer economic resources, the RNCD has a permanent lack of running water, limited or no access to electricity and very restricted access to basic resources.

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One of the Conservation and Research initiatives carried out in Senegal is focused on the Monitoring and Ecological survey of Pan troglodytes verus as a part of the Conservation of the West African Chimpanzee and Natural Resources Sustainable Management Program. For the fieldwork required, the IJGE in Senegal uses RUNBO® devices to achieve a direct and more efficient data collection and, thus, better quality research and faster Conservation Action responses for the critically endangered West-African Chimpanzees.

Quote from field ranger “They are very useful in the sites that have no access to electricity, both for the JGI Senegal team and their families.”

Highlighting the integration and development of the local community, the IJGE in Senegal employs local field assistants, who take part in the Monitoring and Ecological survey of Pan troglodytes verus. The Waka-Waka solar devices are used on a daily basis for charging the RUNBO® devices required for the Monitoring and Ecological survey of Pan troglodytes verus field work.

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In addition, the Waka-Waka solar devices are used by the JGI staff for field prospections that arise as a part of the daily Research and Conservation work

But also, the Waka-Waka devices are being used by the local field assistants and their families, as they provide access to energy, and thus to education and communication. Being a very poor area with no electricity, the use of Waka-Waka means a safe, sustainable and reliable source of light and energy. Thanks to Waka-wakas, they are not forced to live, eat, study and work in the darkness anymore once the sun goes down. The Waka-Waka devices help the local community to achieve a better quality of life.

For all these purposes, the WAKA-WAKA products have demonstrated to be a very efficient and an essential gadget to work and live with.

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We use them for the Kibale Snare Removal Program to protect and conserve the chimpanzees living in Kibale National Park. By conducting regular patrols to remove snares within the park and apprehend poachers,  by assisting in the training of rangers, by collecting data on snares and other illegal activities, by educating and sensitize local communities and students about chimpanzee and wildlife conservation issues.

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We have six rangers that directly benefit from the WakaWaka power station and base. However, Uganda Wildlife Authority rangers also benefit from these devices when they are on joint patrol with our teams. Our rangers patrol deep in the forest and therefore spend 12 nights per month camping in the national park. They can spend up to seven consecutive nights camping in the forest without power. Rangers use electronic devices to collect data and require lighting at night. This device provides essential charging and lighting functions that allow our rangers to more effectively do their jobs and feel safe when in the dark forest.
Our rangers were thrilled to receive these devices. While they had other charging devices, they often were not sufficient for lengthy consecutive overnight patrols. The rangers were also very interested to learn how to use the new device and were happy to learn they were waterproof and therefore would be more robust in the damp forest.

Quote from Head Ranger, Paul Mugisha,With WAKA WAKA, no more ‘battery-low’ warnings on tablets and Trimbles; and hence no worries in the field as far as charging in concerned.”

Because of this device, our rangers are able to spend more consecutive nights in the forest when needed, and are not reliant on returning to camp early for recharging.

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The rangers are very happy with and grateful for this donation. They use it whenever they go for an overnight patrol, which is 50% of the time.



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Over ons geschreven door WakaWaka, de blog van Lieke Mulder en meer is ook te lezen op de WakaWaka website. 

Every year almost 8,8 million hectares of natural forest disappear. The remaining forests are threatened by deforestation for the production of timber, paper, palm oil and soy plantations. Apart from the devastating consequences for our environment and these unique ecosystems, deforestation has a direct effect on the animals living in these forests. Isolation and degradation of habitats and poaching are the most eminent threats to chimpanzees and gorillas. Protection of the forests that are their homes is of the utmost importance to the survival of these apes.

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The Jane Goodall Institute aims to protect chimpanzees and their habitat around the world. For example, in Kibale National Park, Uganda, which is also home to one of the forest projects of Greenchoice. In Kibale National Park, groups of rangers patrol the forest to find snares and remove them. These snares are placed by poachers and are meant for the bushmeat trade. However, they pose a severe threat to chimpanzees who often get caught in the traps with their limbs, which causes them to lose their hands or feet. The rangers have to go deep into the forests to remove the snares and will be disconnected from the rest of the world for days at a time. On their patrol, they use special software on their phone and tablet through which they register the location of the snares they remove but also for example of trees that have been illegally cut. In order to record this information and send it to the international office of the Jane Goodall Institute, they need to have a reliable source of power for their devices.

Some of the Forest Monitors receiving basic training on how they can use Waka Waka to recharge their tablets which are being used for forest monitoring.

“The Forest Monitors have been facing tablets charging challenges for long time and we hope the WakaWakas shall be a solution as most of them live in remote areas where electricity is not available.”


Together with Greenchoice and the Jane Goodall Institute, we provided these rangers with a much-needed source of electricity and light. Karin Bloem, chair of the Jane Goodall Institute Netherlands, delivered 25 small but very powerful combinations of a WakaWaka Power+ and a WakaWaka Base to the rangers at the the Kibale Snare Removal Program, the Kigaaga Education Centre in Uganda. Besides that, Waka Waka’s were distributed to projects in Senegal, Tanzania, Burundi, and the DRC.

Thanks to these Waka Waka’s the rangers are much better prepared to enter the forest for long periods of time. The Waka Waka’s s ensure that the rangers will be able to record their data and also have a source of light for when they’re cooking or reviewing their notes after it gets dark around 6 pm.

“We’re very grateful for this wonderful piece of technology to support us and our work of preventing chimpanzees getting into a snare.”


Together with Greenchoice (one of the biggest forest protectors worldwide), and the Jane Goodall Institute, we made an agreement to start a structural partnership for the years to come. The Jane Goodall Institute and Greenchoice both work on the same goal: preserving the forest. The first one from the perspective of protecting chimpanzees, the latter from the perspective of reducing and compensating CO2 emissions. However, they both use the same approach; making sure that local communities are no longer dependent on the forest and can provide for their income through other means.

We aim to continue this fruitful collaboration to contribute to the protection of forests, biodiversity, and local communities. We’ll continue to build our partnerships over the months to come and we’ll keep you updated. Would you like to contribute to the protection of chimpanzees and their habitats? Become a forest saver or adopt a chimp. More information about the Jane Goodall Institute can be found on www.janegoodall.nl.