Blog Competition Seeks High-Tech Ideas to Save Great Apes

14th Aug 2012 Competitions

Are you concerned about the conservation status of great apes? Do you think you know how to save them? Can you say it in 500 words or less? If so, the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) wants to hear from you.

The GRASP Blog Competition is asking the question – “How Can Technology Save Great Apes?” – and the winner will receive an all-expenses paid trip to attend the 2nd GRASP Council, which will be held November 6th to 8th in Paris. The winning blog will be presented as part of the “Great Apes & Technology” session on November 8th.“Great ideas come from inspiration, and GRASP believes the on-line community offers a unique perspective on some of the conservation issues we face,” said Doug Cress, coordinator of GRASP. “If there is a new or novel approach to protecting chimpanzees, orangutans, gorillas or bonobos out there, we want to hear it.”

The GRASP Blog Competition is an opportunity to flex writing skills and creative energy, and entrants are encouraged to offer bold, visionary ideas. Technology is rapidly assuming a major role in the battle to protect great apes and their habitat, and GRASP is seeking ideas that are fresh and innovative.

All blogs are limited to 500 words and must be posted on the GRASP Facebook page or sent by mail to [email protected] prior to September 15th. A panel of great ape conservation experts will review the entrants, and the top five posts will be short-listed on the GRASP website at council.un-grasp.org. An on-line popular vote will take place to determine the winner by October 1st.

The complete rules for the GRASP Blog Competition can be found at council.un-grasp.org/blog-competition.

The 2nd GRASP Council brings together the entire GRASP partnership and is a unique opportunity to share ideas, forge alliances, and craft solutions to help conserve great apes and their habitat in Africa and Asia. In addition to “Great Apes & Technology,” other plenary sessions will include “Great Apes & Illegal Trade” and “Great Apes & Green Economy.”

For more information, visit council.un-grasp.org.

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August 2012

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