New GRASP Partners Increase Asian, African Impact

New GRASP Partners Increase Asian, African Impact

16th Dec 2015 Home, Press Releases

The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) strengthened its ability to tackle orangutan conservation in Borneo through the addition of two organizations that increased the partnership to 102, following a vote by the GRASP Executive Committee.

GRASP welcomes the Orangutan Appeal UK, which works to protect orangutans and their habitat and provides direct support to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Sabah, and the Gunung Palung Orangutan Conservation Program, which engages local communities and governments in the conservation of critical wild populations in West Kalimantan.

Global Landscapes Forum 2015: Launching the New Climate and development Agenda

Global Landscapes Forum 2015: Launching the New Climate and development Agenda

03rd Dec 2015 Events, Home

The 2015 Global Landscapes Forum is the leading platform for bringing together individuals and organizations that have an impact on land use. The event is expected to be the largest meeting on the sidelines of the UNFCCC COP21.

Industrial agriculture, ape conservation and climate change: More than a business case for reducing deforestation

Hosts:  United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP-FI), Arcus Foundation

Day 1 – Saturday, 5 December    17.15 - 18.45    Room: Amphitheater Bleu

 

The recent rush towards sustainable palm oil and commitments to zero-deforestation by major corporations may be driven by public pressure and political expediency – but what are the realities of transforming the industry that produces one of the world’s most commonly used ingredients? Certified sustainable palm oil currently accounts for 20 percent of the global production, but half of that certified sustainable palm oil goes unsold, raising questions as to the market demand.

Meanwhile, land-use plans and industrial agricultural conversion continues to level rainforests across Southeast Asia and increasingly across Equatorial Africa at record rates, threatening great apes and the ecosystems in which they survive. Major palm oil producers have responded by committing to zero-deforestation policies as a means of addressing consumer demands and engaging more fully with the Sustainable Development Goals, but how many actually understand the cost – both financially and logistically – of doing so, particularly when supply chains are so difficult to monitor?

Experts will address the trajectory of industrial agriculture around the globe, with emphasis on Asia, where cultivation rates fuel all aspects of this industry, and in Africa, where cultivation rates have been relatively low but are predicted to increase dramatically in the foreseeable future.

Key questions addressed

  1. How can the growing demand for commodities, which will require increased production, be reconciled with environmental considerations that include biodiversity conservation and climate change?
  2. Can an entire industry re-invent itself in time to prevent more damage to the environment – and still meet market demand?
  3. What are the options to sustainably increase productivity and livelihoods from smallholders?
  4. How has the expansion of industrial agriculture into the tropical forest estates of Africa and Asia impacted species such as apes and affected climate change?

 

 

Background reading

State of the Apes pilot publication: Extractive Industries and Ape Conservation

How Herakles Farms’ illegal timber trade threatens Cameroon’s forests and VPA.

The Future of the Bornean Orangutan: Impacts of change in land cover and climate.

Will Oil Palm’s homecoming spell doom for Africa’s Great Apes? 

Union of Concerned Scientists (2014) Donuts, Deodorant and Deforestation: Scoring

America’s Top Brands on Their Palm Oil Commitments.

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Indonesia Fire Haze Crisis: Webcast Episode 04

Indonesia Fire Haze Crisis: Webcast Episode 04

01st Dec 2015 Events, Media

Indonesia is one of the most richly biodiverse places on the planet, with countless species and others that have yet to be discovered. But fires that were set in June to clear land for agricultural development – which were whipped far beyond control by the El Nino meteorological conditions – turned an annual environmental concern into a global crisis. Nearly 120,000 fires have been counted so far, and the resulting haze spread across Southeast Asia. An estimated one-third of the remaining wild orangutans on Borneo were threatened by the fires, which destroyed 2 million hectares of forest land.

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