Chimpanzee was shot in cooperation with the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation in Côte d’Ivoire, and tracks the true-life travails of an infant male chimpanzee whose mother is killed by a leopard. The infant is adopted by others in his social group, and learns to survive in a beautiful but harsh environment.
Indonesia Government Launches Sumatra Investigation
Indonesia’s Ministry of the Environment announced today it will open an investigation into the issuance of permits to convert rainforests into palm oil plantations in Sumatra, an allegedly illegal act that may have caused the death of hundreds of orangutans in man-made fires that were set to clear the land.
The ministry’s announcement came in response to findings by the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) forest carbon reduction task force.
On April 13, the government-formed task force said it had evidence that Kallista Alam, a palm oil company, had violated regulations in turning the swamp forest into a plantation. The task force recommended that the ministry and the police further scrutinize the company’s actions.
“The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) applauds the Government of Indonesia for taking this bold step,” said GRASP coordinator Doug Cress. “The scale of the damage caused by these fires may not be immediately clear, but there’s no doubt that orangutans in Sumatra are in a perilous condition. As many as five percent of the total population may have been lost in these fires.”
The Patrons of GRASP – great ape experts Jane Goodall, Richard Leakey, Richard Wrangham and Russell Mittermeier – sent a letter to Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on April 13 asking to intervene in Sumatra, as the country’s biodiversity was under “extreme threat.”
GRASP Patrons Ask Indonesian President to Intervene
Characterizing Indonesia’s biodiversity as under “extreme threat,” the patrons of the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) – Jane Goodall, Richard Leakey, Richard Wrangham and Russell Mittermeier – today sent a letter to the President of Indonesia asking him to halt the destruction currently underway in Sumatra and enforce laws that protect orangutans and their habitat.
The letter was sent to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in response to man-made fires in the Leuser Ecosystem that were set to clear rainforest for oil palm plantations through allegedly illegal permits.
To read the letter, click here.
GRASP Calls for Orangutan Protection in Sumatra
The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) today expressed “grave concern” over an alleged illegal palm oil concession and man-made fires that have affected rainforests in northern Sumatra and threatened to wipe out entire populations of orangutans living in the region, and called on the Government of Indonesia to enforce laws protecting orangutans and their habitat.
The fires – which were started to clear land for palm oil expansion in Sumatra’s Aceh Province —have ripped through the Tripa peat swamp, home to a spectacular range of biodiversity within the protected Leuser Ecosystem.
GRASP Logo Usage & Guidelines
Below you find low resolution downloadable GRASP logo graphics and brand assets. If you require high resolution vector files please contact [email protected]
For GRASP Partners:
As partners you may use the GRASP logo to designate your association by placing one of the below GRASP logo options at a prominent location on your website. The logo should always be linked to http://www.un-grasp.org.
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[the GRASP leaf]
1. Avoid using the logo in a way that suggests any type of association or partnership with GRASP, or approval, sponsorship, or endorsement by GRASP.
2. Do not present the logo in a way that makes it the most distinctive or prominent feature on your web page, printed material, or other content.
General Logo Guidelines
1. Do not use the GRASP logo in a way that is deceptive, harmful, obscene, or otherwise objectionable to GRASP.
2. Keep sufficient space around the logo as to appear clean and uncluttered.
3. Do not combine the GRASP logo or brand assets with your own name or mark or generic terms.
4. GRASP does not require the use of either the ® or the ™ attribution symbols with the logo.
New GRASP Logo Offers Bold Vision
The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP), which was launched 10 years ago to protect great apes and their habitat in Africa and Asia, today unveiled a new logo that re-energizes the partnership of member nations, conservation organizations, and United Nations agencies going forward.
The new GRASP logo is predominantly blue and white, with a distinctive green leaf that represents GRASP’s commitment to biodiversity and ecosystem management. The logos of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) – which jointly host the GRASP secretariat – are also included.