3rd GRASP-Ian Redmond Conservation Award Seeks to Honor Africans and Asians

Following innovative projects that battled illegal trade, promoted community conservation and ecotourism, rehabilitated great apes caught in snares, and released rehabilitated orangutans in Indonesia, the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) will honor more Africans and Asians at the frontline of great ape conservation through the 3rd GRASP – Ian Redmond Conservation Award.

Applications can be submitted at http://www.un-grasp.org/?s=ian+redmond through 30 September 2016.

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 3rdd GRASP – Ian Redmond Conservation Award honorees will be announced at the GRASP Council, which will be held 21-24 November 2016 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

“GRASP is proud to be able to launch the 3rdd 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 IanRedmond, 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 2ndt GRASP-Ian Redmond Conservation Award honored two Africans and two Asians, including:

  • Edwin Sabuhoro (Rwanda), lawyer and conservationist, founder of Rwanda EcoTours, and former Rwanda National Park official, who promotes community conservation and links the local people to direct benefits from ecoutourism.
  • Peter Appell (Uganda),Programme Manager at the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI), who works to find long-term solutions for chimpanzees caught in snares and traps.
  • Jamartin Sihite (Indonesia), CEO of the Borneo Orangutan Survival foundation (BOSF) who works to release rehabilitated organutans back to the wild forests in Central and East Kalimantan.
  • Mamadou Saidou Deba Barry (Guinea), Coordinator of the Guine-Application de loi faunique (GALF) programme, that operates as part of the EAGLE network. He investigates illegal trade in great apes and other endangered wildlife in Guinea.

The GRASP-Ian Redmond Conservation Award is limited to African and Asian nationals from the 23 great ape range countries. An on-line application form can be found at http://www.un-grasp.org/?s=ian+redmond, and queries may be sent to [email protected].

GRASP is a unique alliance of 105 national governments, conservation organizations, United Nations agencies, research institutions, and private companies, all committed to ensuring the long-term survival of great apes and their habitat in Africa and Asia. For more information, visit www.un-grasp.org or contact [email protected]