A mobile application to curb the growing demand for unsustainable palm, sensors that detect poacher movements, and a tracking device that warns when logging trucks veer into protected areas are just some of the ideas proposed by the five finalists in the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) blog competition that posed the question, “How Can Technology Save Great Apes?”
On-line voting will proceed through 11:59pm (GMT) September 31. The winner – based on the total number of votes cast through the GRASP website at council.un-grasp.org/blog-competition – will receive an all-expenses paid trip to present the winning blog at the 2nd GRASP Council, which will be held November 6-8 in Paris.
The GRASP Blog competition is sponsored by GRASP, in association with Brussels Airlines.
"John Scanlon, the Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), will deliver a keynote address during the “Great Apes & Illegal Trade” session at the 2nd Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) Council that will be held November 6-8 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.
"CITES leads the worldwide intergovernmental effort to protect elephants, rhinoceroses, great apes and other wild animals and plants.
"Delegates taking part in the "Great Apes & Illegal Trade" plenary scheduled for November 6 will examine aspects of the illicit trade in chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos and orangutans, including drivers of the trade, poaching trends, the impact of illegal trade on wild populations, and current law enforcement efforts."
Former Costa Rican environment minister Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, whose commitment to conservation policies a decade ago helped his country become one of the first to convert to a “green economy,” will be a keynote speaker at the 2nd Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) Council that will be held November 6-8 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.
Rodriguez will headline a “Great Apes & Green Economy” session on November 7 that will feature presentations on sustainable forest management, human livelihoods, payment for ecosystem services, and eco-tourism.
The 2nd GRASP Council will bring together partner nations, conservation organizations, research institutions, United Nations agencies, and private supporters that are committed to the protection of great apes and their habitat in Africa and Asia.
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The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) is an innovative and ambitious partnership comprised of great ape range states with an immediate challenge - to lift the threat of imminent extinction faced by gorillas (Gorilla beringei, G. gorilla), chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), bonobos (Pan paniscus) and orangutans (Pongo abelii, P. pygmaeus) across their ranges in equatorial Africa and Southeast Asia.
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