State of The Apes Book Launch

26th Jun 2014 Events, Media



Press Conference celebrating the launch of “State of the Apes: Extractive Industries and Ape Conservation,” at the 1st U.N. Environment Assembly (UNEA) in the Media Center

Current dominant thinking and practice in the private and public sectors asserts that peoples’ development needs are in conflict with, or mutually exclusive to, the need to conserve the biosphere on which we depend. Consequently, we are asked to either diminish development in the name of conservation or diminish conservation in the name of development. Efforts to identify complementary objectives, or mutually acceptable trade-offs and compromises indicate, however, that this does not always have to be the case. This first volume in the State of the Apes series draws attention to the evolving context within which great ape and gibbon habitats are increasingly interfacing with extractive industries. Intended for a broad range of policy makers, industry experts, decision makers, academics, researchers and NGOs, these publications aim to influence debate, practice and policy, seeking to reconcile ape conservation and welfare, and economic and social development, through objective and rigorous analysis.

The first volume to be published in an important new series, using objective and rigorous analysis to present, for the first time, statistics and information on all non-human ape species

Intended to enhance and influence debate, practice and policy for a broad range of policy makers, industry experts and decision makers, academics, researchers and NGOs

From right: GRASP coordinator Doug Cress, UWA Executive Director, Dr. Andrew Seguya , Arcus Foundation Conservation Programme Director, Helga Rainer, African Wildlife Foundation Director of the African Ape Initiative, Jef Dupain, and Chief of the Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch of UNEP, Henrik Alexander Slotte.

Beautifully illustrated in full colour throughout

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