Strategy 2: Elimination of research and data gaps

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Accurate, comprehensive and up-to-date information on western chimpanzee populations is required to guide effective conservation activities. This strategy highlights the actions necessary to better understand western chimpanzee distribution, population trends, baselines of genetic and cultural diversity, measures that will improve the effectiveness of conservation actions and increase knowledge and understanding of illegal trade in chimpanzees.

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Objective 2.1: By 2025, chimpanzee distribution data gaps have been surveyed.

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Objective 2.2: By early 2022, a baseline of behavioural and cultural diversity of western chimpanzees and their conservation is established.

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Objective 2.3: By early 2021, a preliminary baseline of genetic diversity of western chimpanzees is established.

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Objective 2.4: By the end of 2022, 100% of conservation projects include a strategy for monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of their actions.

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Objective 2.5: By 2021, a set of regional indicators is created and agreed to enable chimpanzee conservation progress to be measured over time.

Objective 2.6Beginning in 2021, a region-wide assessment of chimpanzee population status, threat levels and other identified indicators is measured and analysed at regular intervals.

Objective 2.7By mid-2021, a preliminary baseline understanding concerning international trade of western chimpanzee infants and body parts is established.

Objective 2.8By 2024, a cross-disciplinary approach is created to guide all relevant chimpanzee conservation strategies on how to be socially appropriate and maximise public participation.

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