GRASP-Ian Redmond Conservation Award Honors Dedicated Africans, Asians
The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) honored four Africans and Asian working on the frontlines of great ape conservation when it announced the winners of the inaugural GRASP – Ian Redmond Conservation Award on September 22.
The announcement was made at the Great Apes Summit, which is being held in conjunction with the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival in Wyoming, USA.
The GRASP-Ian Redmond Conservation Award was created to encourage innovation, build partnerships, inspire leadership, and offer hope in the field of great ape conservation. It also honors Redmond, who was instrumental in launching GRASP in 2001.
“If the great apes are to survive we need new thinking and commitment from people in the countries where they live,’ Redmond said. “I have long been inspired by the courage and commitment of African and Asian colleagues and am delighted that four such people are being honored today. There were many worthy applicants and it was difficult to select the winners.”
Great Apes Summit to Confront Threats, Seek Solutions
The 21st century issues confronting the long-term survival of great apes – including agro-industrial expansion, ecotourism, illegal trade, habitat destruction, and disease – will be on the agenda when the Great Apes Summit gets underway 21-24 September in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA.
Experts from around the world will gather to explore new approaches and innovative solutions to help protect chimpanzees, gorillas and bonobos in Africa and orangutans in Asia. The Great Apes Summit is hosted by the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP), the Arcus Foundation, and the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, and will complement the festival’s biennial media industry conference through a series of high-profile public events and private conference sessions.
GRASP ambassador Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder – the Jane Goodall Institute, and United Nations (U.N.) Messenger of Peace, will deliver a keynote address from the Summit that will be live-streamed via the web on 22 September, and daily news updates will be distributed via Facebook, YouTube, and other social media.
Over 50 Great Apes Summit speakers will bring perspective from a variety of fields, including Google executive Michael Jones, anti-poaching specialist Damien Mander, Harvard professor Richard Wrangham, Conservation International president Russell Mittermeier, Greenpeace advocate Rolf Sklar, Uganda Wildlife Authority director Andrew Seguya, PETA vice-president Dan Mathews, and Volcanoes Safaris director Praveen Moman.
GRASP Adds Experience, Expertise Through New Partners
The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) strengthened its links to law enforcement, international development and the zoo community and added strategic allies in Africa and Asia as it voted to accept eight new partners at the 8th GRASP Executive Committee meeting in Cambridge, U.K.
GRASP welcomed the Lusaka Agreement Task Force, the Arcus Foundation, the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria, Endangered Species International, the Sumatran Orangutan Society, the Houston Zoo, the Barcelona Zoo, and the CHIMBO Foundation.
GRASP is comprised of 90 partners that include nations, conservation organizations, United Nations agencies, and private companies, each of which is committed to the conservation of great apes and their habitat in Africa and Asia.
GRASP partners receive a vote in the GRASP Council, and are represented through delegates to the GRASP Executive Committee.
“GRASP is pleased to be able to add new partners that offer such important skills and resources,” said Doug Cress, programme coordinator of GRASP. “Our commitment to protect chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos and orangutans requires us to meet new challenges, access new resources, and engage new communities, and these partners are crucial to that effort.”