GRASP-Ian Redmond Conservation Award Honors Dedicated Africans, Asians

The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) honored four Africans and Asian working on the frontlines of great ape conservation when it announced the winners of the inaugural GRASP – Ian Redmond Conservation Award on September 22.

The announcement was made at the Great Apes Summit, which is being held in conjunction with the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival in Wyoming, USA.

The GRASP-Ian Redmond Conservation Award was created to encourage innovation, build partnerships, inspire leadership, and offer hope in the field of great ape conservation. It also honors Redmond, who was instrumental in launching GRASP in 2001.

“If the great apes are to survive we need new thinking and commitment from people in the countries where they live,’ Redmond said. “I have long been inspired by the courage and commitment of African and Asian colleagues and am delighted that four such people are being honored today. There were many worthy applicants and it was difficult to select the winners.”

The winners of the inaugural GRASP-Ian Redmond Conservation Award, chosen by a review panel comprised great ape experts, are:

Panut Hadisiswoyo from Indonesia, who works to address human-orangutan conflict issues in agricultural landscapes in northern Sumatra.

Tezar Pahlevie of Indonesia, who focuses on restoring wildlife forest corridors used by orang-utans in Sumatra.

Inaoyom Imong of Nigeria (pictured), who applies CyberTracker technology to protect critically endangered Cross River gorillas in the Mbe Mountains.

Arrey Emmanuel Enow of Cameroon, who investigates the illegal trade in chimpanzees and gorillas with the Last Great Ape Organization.

“GRASP is pleased to be able to support the work of these dedicated Africans and Asians,” said GRASP coordinator Doug Cress. “They represent the future of great ape conservation, and they give us hope.”

Each GRASP-Ian Redmond Conservation Award winner receives $5,000 for the project, made possible through the support of GRASP, Born Free Foundation, and Conservation International.

GRASP is a unique alliance of member nations, research institutions, conservation organizations, United Nations agencies and private supporters committed to the long-term survival of great apes.

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September  2013