GRASP Supports the Spain-UNEP LifeWeb Initiative

GRASP Supports the Spain-UNEP LifeWeb Initiative

27th Jan 2015

GRASP & the Spain-UNEP LifeWeb

GRASP plays a significant role in the Spain-UNEP Partnership for LifeWeb initiative by implementing 6 of the 11 projects.

The Partnership focuses on providing direct support to protected area authorities in West and Central Africa, and in Indonesia.

The following projects aim to protect apes in some of the world’s most spectacular parks and reserves while safeguarding livelihoods for local populations many of whom depend on these same ecosystems.

Garamba National Park

Project Name

Support to conservation activities in Garamba National Park  

Country

Democratic Republic of Congo 

Time Frame

September 2010 – December 2011 

Direct Benefits

Conservation of endemic & rare species such as elephant, chimpanzee & northern white rhino; improved health services

Website

Gunung Leuser National Park

Project Name

Protecting critical orangutan habitat through strengthening protected areas in northern Sumatra 

Country

Indonesia

Time Frame

September 2010 – December 2011

Direct Benefits

Conservation of biodiversity namely orangutan, rhinoceros, tiger, elephant & restoration of degraded habitats; cultural & spiritual heritage

Website

Kahuzi-Biega National Park

Project Name

Support to conservation activities in the Kahuzi-Biega National Park

Country

Democratic Republic of Congo  

Time Frame

September 2010 – December 2011 

Direct Benefits

Conservation of endemic & rare species such as the Eastern lowland gorilla, chimpanzee & elephant

Website

Lossi Fauna Reserve

Project Name

Conservation, natural resource management & social ecology development of the Lossi-Odzala Interzone 

Country

Republic of Congo 

Time Frame

September 2010 – December 2011 

Direct Benefits

Income generation for communities through tourism; improved health services through Ebola monitoring; establishment of corridors to ensure long-term provision of forest services to local population

Website

Nouabale-Ndoki National Park

Project Name

Support to conservation activities in Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park 

Country

Republic of Congo 

Time Frame

September 2010 – December 2011 

Direct Benefits

Conservation of biodiversity; improved human health through Ebola health monitoring; income generation through recruitment of local staff & tourism development

Website

Takamanda National Park

Project Name

Explore economic incentives to conserve Cross River gorilla habitat in Takamanda 

Country

Cameroon 

Time Frame

September 2011 – June 2012 

Direct Benefits

Provides economic incentives to conserve cross river gorilla habitat, thus increasing the hectares under conservation; provides alternative income; contributes to climate change mitigation.

Website

Related Links

Convention on Biological Diversity LifeWeb

Ministry of Environment – Spain

GRASP Lifeweb Magazine

Sharpub2ing forests – Great Apes & US. (English, French, Spanish)
Magazine on the projects developed in Central Africa (Cameroon, The Democratic Republic of Congo and The Republic of Congo) and Indonesia.

 

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