Recognizing the importance of Protected Areas as a key tool for resource management and biodiversity conservation, the Government of Spain has initiated a strategic partnership with UNEP to provide €5 million to improve the impact and effectiveness of both new and existing Protected Areas, through direct management support and enhanced enabling conditions, such as support to policy processes, stakeholder participation and increased awareness of the benefits for livelihoods and ecosystems.
GRASP Partners with Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire to Create Biodiversity Corridor
From the 5th to the 6th October 2009, the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation (WCF) and the Great Apes Survival Partnership/United Nations Environment Programme (GRASP-UNEP) in collaboration with other partners [Forestry Development Authority (FDA) of Liberia; Office Ivoirien des Parcs et Réserves (OIPR) and Société de Développement des Forets (SODEFOR) of Côte d’Ivoire] organized a workshop to initiate transboundary collaboration between Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia for the creation of the Taï-Sapo forest complex.
UN Report Provides Grim Update on State of Gorillas
The future for gorillas in Africa is getting bleaker, according to a UNEP-Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) report that assessed the econimic and environmental pressures threatening the species’ survival. Last Stand of the Gorilla, which was funded by France, UNEP/UNESCO and GRASP as a Contribution to the UNEP/CMS Year of the Gorilla campaign, suggests that accelerating impacts from poaching to illegal logging are hitting great ape populations and habitats faster than previously supposed. UNEP and INTERPOL call for more support for border and customs controls.
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