2nd GRASP-Ian Redmond Conservation Award Seeks to Honor Africans and Asians

Following innovative projects that battled illegal trade, trained eco-guards, restored forests, and rescued orphaned apes in Nigeria, Cameroon, and Indonesia, the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) will honor more Africans and Asians at the frontline of great ape conservation through the 2nd GRASP – Ian Redmond Conservation Award.Applications can be submitted at www.un-grasp.org/award through 05 June 2015.

The award, which is presented in association with the Born Free Foundation and private donors, provides funding for field projects that protect chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos, and orangutans and their habitats. Winners receive funding and a commemorative plaque.

The 2nd GRASP – Ian Redmond Conservation Award honorees will be announced at the GRASP Regional Meeting – Southeast Asia, which will be held 27-28 July in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

“GRASP is proud to be able to launch the 2nd GRASP-Ian Redmond Conservation Awards to identify and support African and Asian individuals who want to make a difference,” said GRASP coordinator Doug Cress. “Great apes comprise a key part of the natural heritage on these continents, and it’s increasingly important to support the nationals who are dedicated to protecting that heritage.”

The GRASP – Ian Redmond Conservation Award is designed to encourage innovation, inspire leadership, and offer hope in the field of great ape conservation. The award was established in recognition of great apes advocate Ian Redmond, OBE, who has worked tirelessly in support of great apes for more than three decades. Redmond helped to create GRASP in 2001, and served as a GRASP Envoy for many years.

The 1st GRASP-Ian Redmond Conservation Award honored two Africans and two Asians, including:

  • Panut Hadisiswoyo (Indonesia), founder of the Orangutan Information Centre (OIC) and the Human-Orangutan Conflict Response Unit (HOCRU) that rescues orphaned orangutans in Sumatra.
  • Arrey Emmanuel Enow (Cameroon), who targets corruption and legal enforcement through the Last Great Ape Organization (LAGA) to ensure that the laws in place to protect great apes are upheld.
  • Tezar Pahlevie (Indonesia), who works to protect and restore rainforest habitat in the Sumatran province of Aceh through community engagement.
  • Inaoyom Imong (Nigeria) supports community ecoguards by providing training and CyberTracker devices for data collection to protect Cross River gorillas, the world’s rarest great ape.
The GRASP-Ian Redmond Conservation Award is limited to African and Asian nationals from the 23 great ape range countries.All applications should be submitted by May 15th 2015. An on-line application form can be found at www.un-grasp.org/award, and queries may be sent to [email protected].