United Nations Report Calls for Conservation to Collaborate with Palm Oil Industry

United Nations Report Calls for Conservation to Collaborate with Palm Oil Industry

The conservation community should collaborate more closely than ever with oil palm developers if a global sustainable strategy is to be achieved and great apes and their fragile ecosystems are to be saved, according to a United Nations report released this week.

New Liberian Law Empowers GRASP and UN Partners to Save Chimpanzee

New Liberian Law Empowers GRASP and UN Partners to Save Chimpanzee

A critically endangered chimpanzee being offered for sale by illegal traders benefitted from Liberia’s tough new wildlife protection legislation this week when she was seized by national authorities and airlifted by United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) to a permanent sanctuary near the capital of Monrovia.

Apes Seizure Database Reveals True Extent of Illegal Trade

Apes Seizure Database Reveals True Extent of Illegal Trade

Over 1,800 great apes were seized from an illicit live traffic that went undetected for over a decade but is now confirmed through the Apes Seizure Database that was launched at the 17th Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Conference of the Parties on 29 September in Johannesburg, South Africa.

3rd GRASP Council Postponed to 2017

3rd GRASP Council Postponed to 2017

The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) announced today it will postpone the 3rd GRASP Council until mid-2017, a decision taken to ensure maximum focus on issues such as climate change, illegal trade, and sustainable palm oil that are key to the long-term survival of great apes in Africa and Asia.

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

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.

RSPO Support Fuels GRASP Efforts to Protect Critically Endangered Orangutans

RSPO Support Fuels GRASP Efforts to Protect Critically Endangered Orangutans

Nearly a year after smoke and haze blanketed Borneo and threatened thousands of critically endangered orangutans, emergency funds provided by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) have helped protect those populations and their rainforest homes against future crises.

GRASP – REDD+ Mapping Project

GRASP – REDD+ Mapping Project

GRASP Activity Details

Project Launch Title: GRASP – REDD+ Mapping Project

Date of Completion: 2016-04-14

This is a web-based tool that superimposes maps of valuable underground carbon stocks with great ape distribution in Africa and Asia – thereby making the strongest possible argument for protecting both – was launched this week in Monrovia, Liberia, by the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) and the United Nations Collaborative Programme for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (UN-REDD Programme).

The GRASP – REDD+ Mapping Project was introduced at the GRASP Regional Meeting – West Africa, which brought together partners from nine West African countries to discuss key conservation issues in the region.

The GRASP – REDD+ Mapping Project is designed to identify priority areas for implementing REDD projects when also considering co-benefits for the conservation of great apes. The maps are designed to help decision-makers, climate specialists and conservation organizations access data and link the carbon and great ape layers with other context data.

GRASP and UN-REDD worked with the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology to develop the on-line tool, which can be accessed through the Ape Populations, Environments and Surveys (A.P.E.S.) database, a web-based decision support system.

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UN Airlifts Chimpanzee to Safety in DR Congo

UN Airlifts Chimpanzee to Safety in DR Congo

24th Mar 2016 GRASP Activities, UN Rescues

An orphaned male chimpanzee discovered in a military camp in northern Democratic Republic of Congo was confiscated by Congolese wildlife officials this week and transported by United Nations peacekeepers to a rehabilitation centre in South Kivu.

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