GRASP Council Sets Bold Agenda to Save Great Apes

GRASP Council Sets Bold Agenda to Save Great Apes

20th Nov 2012 Press Releases

GRASP Council Sets Bold Agenda to Save Great Apes

Faced with declining wild ape populations and dwindling forests, the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) set law enforcement, habitat protection and political advocacy among its top priorities and emerged with renewed energy and urgency following the 2nd GRASP Council that was held 6-8 November at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

The GRASP Council is comprised of over 80 nations, conservation organizations, United Nations agencies, research institutions and private supporters committed to the long-term survival of great apes in Africa and Asia.

The GRASP Council adopted the GRASP Priority Plan 2013-2016, which includes addressing disease threats, conflict-sensitive conservation, and Green Economy as other areas of focus.

GRASP Monitors Goma Fighting

GRASP Monitors Goma Fighting

19th Nov 2012 Press Releases

The M23 rebels entered Goma November 20 on foot, escalating clashes with the United Nations-backed troops defending the city. Goma is the provincial capital of North Kivu, and is home to more than 1 million people.

More than a dozen GRASP partners work to study, conserve and protect great apes in eastern DR Congo, and each is committed to ensuring the safety of its national and expatriate staffs. Although power cuts may hinder communication, some updates may be found at web links listed below:

Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (DFGFI): Congolese staff members are reported safe in their homes, and expatriate staff were evacuated on security concerns earlier this year. DFGFI has plans ready for the evacuation of Congolese staff, if necessary. All field gorilla protection, research and community programs have continued without interruption.(http://gorillafund.org/blog)

 

GRASP Cheer Mountain Gorilla Census, Cautions Conservation Vigilance

GRASP Cheer Mountain Gorilla Census, Cautions Conservation Vigilance

13th Nov 2012 Press Releases

GRASP Cheer Mountain Gorilla Census, Cautions Conservation Vigilance

gorillas exist in Uganda than previously thought, but warned that the worldwide population remains at risk and requires greater conservation effort if the rare apes are to survive.

A census conducted in 2011 found a minimum of 400 Mountain gorillas living in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, which boosts the population found in eastern Africa to an estimated 880.

Approximately 780 Mountain gorillas were thought to exist previously. The 13% rise was attributed to more accurate census techniques and actual population growth among the gorillas.

GRASP Council Confronts Crisis

GRASP Council Confronts Crisis

05th Nov 2012 Press Releases

Wild populations of chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans and bonobos are in sharp decline and their habitat is under severe threat, adding urgency to the 2nd Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) Council meeting that gets underway 6-8 November in Paris, France.

GRASP will examine threats, consider solutions and ask its broad membership to craft a strategy to ensure the long-term survival of great apes, which are closer than ever to extinction.

The 2nd GRASP Council will be held at the headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which jointly hosts the GRASP secretariat with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

2nd GRASP Council Set for Paris

2nd GRASP Council Set for Paris

04th Nov 2012 Events

GRASP Council 2012

2nd GRASP Council Set for Paris

The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) will craft a long-term strategy that meets the demands of conserving great apes and their habitat in a rapidly changing world when it stages the 2nd GRASP Council from November 6-8 in Paris, France. Click here to visit the council Website.

UNESCO headquarters will host the event, which will bring together GRASP’s unique alliance of partner nations, United Nations agencies, conservation organizations, and private supporters.

The 2nd GRASP Council will also consider proposals suggested by the recent GRASP Strategic Review designed to make the partnership more effective, and consider reaching out to areas of government, industry, science, and research that could increase the scope and scale of GRASP’s work.

Gorillas Among “Most Endangered” List

Gorillas Among “Most Endangered” List

17th Oct 2012 Press Releases

The World’s 25 Most Endangered Primates List (2012–2014) was compiled by the Primate Specialist Group of IUCN’s Species Survival Commission (SSC) and the International Primatological Society (IPS), in collaboration with Conservation International (CI) and the Bristol Conservation and Science Foundation (BCSF).

The report reveals those species most in danger of becoming extinct from destruction of tropical forests, illegal wildlife trade and commercial bush meat hunting.

“Eastern Lowland gorillas may be the only great apes on that list, but they face the same pressures to survive as all apes,” said GRASP coordinator Doug Cress. “Cross River gorillas, Mountain gorillas, Sumatran orangutans and many others are on the brink.”

GRASP Blog  Winner  Goes ‘APP’

GRASP Blog Winner Goes ‘APP’

04th Oct 2012 Competitions, Press Releases

GRASP Blog Winner Goes ‘APP’

A mobile phone application that allows consumers to tell instantly whether products they might purchase contain materials harmful to great apes and their habitat was the winning entry in the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) Blog Competition that posed the question, “How Can Technology Save Great Apes?”

The winning entry was submitted by Adriana Klompus, a graduate of Colombia University in the U.S. with a life-long interest in conservation and the great apes. Her blog – “Barcode Activism: Use Your Wallet and Smartphone in a Wired Marketplace to Help Great Apes” – received 36 percent of the votes cast in an on-line voting competition that closed September 30.

Klompus will present her proposal during the “Great Apes & Technology” plenary of the 2nd GRASP Council, which will be held November 6-8 in Paris. The GRASP Blog Competition received 5,689 on-line votes and was presented in association with Brussels Airlines.

GRASP Photo Exhibit Captures Closeness

GRASP Photo Exhibit Captures Closeness

27th Sep 2012 Events, Press Releases

>GRASP Photo Exhibit Captures Closeness

Great apes are mankind’s closest relatives, but the struggle to successfully co-exist is a challenge on display in “Their Fates i Ours; The Humanity of Great Apes,” a photo exhibition presented by the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) from October 3-21 at the Alliance Francaise in Nairobi.

The exhibition features intimate portraits of gorillas, chimpanzees and gorillas shot by GRASP manager Dr. Johannes Refisch, during his travels through Africa and Asia.

“Their Fate is Ours” The Humanity of Great Apes” is presented in association with Volcanoes Safaris.

GRASP Blog Competition Finalists Offer Innovation

GRASP Blog Competition Finalists Offer Innovation

25th Sep 2012 Competitions, Press Releases

A mobile application to curb the growing demand for unsustainable palm, sensors that detect poacher movements, and a tracking device that warns when logging trucks veer into protected areas are just some of the ideas proposed by the five finalists in the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) blog competition that posed the question, “How Can Technology Save Great Apes?”

On-line voting will proceed through 11:59pm (GMT) September 31. The winner – based on the total number of votes cast through the GRASP website at www.council.un-grasp.org/blog-competition – will receive an all-expenses paid trip to present the winning blog at the 2nd GRASP Council, which will be held November 6-8 in Paris.
The GRASP Blog competition is sponsored by GRASP, in association with Brussels Airlines.

A mobile application to curb the growing demand for unsustainable palm, sensors that detect poacher movements, and a tracking device that warns when logging trucks veer into protected areas are just some of the ideas proposed by the five finalists in the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) blog competition that posed the question, “How Can Technology Save Great Apes?”

On-line voting will proceed through 11:59pm (GMT) September 31. The winner – based on the total number of votes cast through the GRASP website at council.un-grasp.org/blog-competition – will receive an all-expenses paid trip to present the winning blog at the 2nd GRASP Council, which will be held November 6-8 in Paris.

The GRASP Blog competition is sponsored by GRASP, in association with Brussels Airlines.

CITES Head to Address Illegal Trade

CITES Head to Address Illegal Trade

05th Sep 2012 Press Releases

Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), will deliver a keynote address during the “Great Apes & Illegal Trade” session at the 2nd Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) Council that will be held November 6-8 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

“CITES leads the worldwide intergovernmental effort to protect elephants, rhinoceroses, great apes and other wild animals and plants.

“Delegates taking part in the “Great Apes & Illegal Trade” plenary scheduled for November 6 will examine aspects of the illicit trade in chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos and orangutans, including drivers of the trade, poaching trends, the impact of illegal trade on wild populations, and current law enforcement efforts.”

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