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Jane Goodall Institute Challenge


Participatory Mapping for Collaborative Conservation Planning with Decision-Makers Sign-off



DocuSign is teaming up with the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) and challenging you to help solve a unique problem. In order to continue their important work to protect chimpanzees, forests, and create a better world for people, animals, and our shared environment, JGI needs help to streamline their conservation science and mapping lifecycle to support faster participatory agreements and collaborative decision-making. JGI applies science not just for, but with local communities, governments and other partners and beneficiaries. It creates research-implementation spaces where local communities, government officials, scientists, companies, educators, students, policymakers, and others can have a dialogue and collaborate to agree on strategies and actions. JGI leverages and uses the power of geography and geospatial technologies, from satellite imagery, to GIS, mobile and cloud technologies, to connect and monitor the health of animals, people, and the environment and to provide intelligence and insights to inform the stakeholder dialogue and develop effective strategies and actions.


Conservation Planning

Conservation is compex, and JGI uses the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation or Conservation Standards for short to identify chimpanzees and other conservation needs, plan and prioritize conservation actions, and measure success. Conservation Standards  is a science-based and collaborative planning approach that helps focus conservation decisions and actions on clearly defined objectives and prioritized threats and measures success in a manner that enables adaptation and learning over time. 

The Conservation Standards process involves the selection of a limited number of conservation objectives or specific species, such as chimpanzee communities, populations, or habitats, to represent biodiversity and the ultimate aims of the project. At this stage, JGI uses geospatial technologies to facilitate integration of available data and expert opinion to map the current and historic extent of the chimpanzee presence and range. JGI uses this step to facilitate planning teams identify the best information available and agree on clear common goals and how to spend their limited time and resources to achieve those goals in the face of uncertainty and lack of complete information. 


Your Challenge

Build an application that helps JGI to faster review, change, update and approve these dynamic conservation maps as part of its collaborative Conservation Standards planning process with multiple stakeholders in different locations and using Esri’s ArcGIS Online platform and the DocuSign eSignature API.



  • This app should use dynamic web-maps and other mapping formats and products in Esri ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Pro

  • Go to Esri to set up your development account and start mapping

  • Go to IUCN Red List and and download chimpanzee Range data - Polygons (SHP)

  • Import the chimpanzee range shapefile and create a map in ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Pro of the eastern chimpanzee range by selecting “schweinfurthii” from the “subspecies” attributes from the  IUCN chimpanzee range shapefile and use one of the Basemaps that is provided by Esri as the background. The eastern chimpanzee is a subspecies of the common chimpanzee and classified as endangered and of global conservation concern, indicating that it has a very high risk of extinction in the wild in the near future. The eastern chimpanzee range covers the Central African Republic, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania. 

  • Use the DocuSign eSignature API to sStart a virtual audit using DocuSign technologies to help validate and improve this eastern chimpanzee range map by sending an envelope to all stakeholders.

  • A GIS user should be able to share this ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Pro map embedded in the DocuSign envelopedocument with specific non-GIS /non-technical decision-makers and chimpanzee experts

  • Decision-makers and chimpanzee experts should be able to see and review the map and provide their signature if they approve the map or request changes documenting their inputs and requests

  • Decision-makers and chimpanzee experts should be able to draw on the shared eastern chimpanzee ranges map new points, lines or polygons along with notes, comments and, if possible, enable a way to provide data, that better capture the latest knowledge of chimpanzee ranges and where the range polygons maps need to be changed

  • A GIS user should be able to receive these notes and feedback from decision-makers, and when the map requires modifications, trigger the review and update of the map using decision-makers and expert drawing, comments and data. 

  • This app should accommodate multiple review cycles as needed to reach an agreement and validate the final map. 

  • All the feedback, drawings and notes should be documented and traced along with different versions of the maps through the DocuSign envelope.

  • When the agreement is reached, decision makers and chimpanzee experts should be able to sign and approve the final map for distribution.

  • Their signatures along with inputs and versions of the maps should be linked to the final map and stored as part of the larger metadata.