GRASP is a unique alliance between great ape range states and other interested countries; the biodiversity-related multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs); United Nations institutions; international and national conservation non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and private sector institutions.
In addition, a number of GRASP Patrons work to give the organization the required international prominence in the political and public arena. The GRASP Secretariat manages the day-to-day operations of the organization, in consultation with the GRASP Executive Committee, the GRASP Scientific Commission, and the GRASP Technical Support Team.
GRASP's work is guided by the GRASP Council. The GRASP Council assists the GRASP Executive Committee and the GRASP Secretariat to determine and implement a fundraising strategy and great ape conservation priority actions. Each GRASP Partner has a seat on the GRASP Council while GRASP Supporting Partners may participate in the work of the Council as observers.
GRASP Council decisions are made by consensus wherever possible. If consensus cannot be reached, decisions are reached by simple majority vote, provided that such a majority includes a majority of category A and B Partners present and voting.
The GRASP Council meets every two years with allowance for an inter-sessional meeting if requested by more than one-third of the GRASP Partners. The GRASP Council decides the time and location of its meetings. Meeting locations are, as far as practical, rotated among the great ape range state geographic regions. The draft agenda for each meeting is circulated at least one month in advance of the meeting. Partners are encouraged to host meetings.
The GRASP Secretariat is hosted and staffed by the two sponsoring organizations, UNEP and UNESCO. Guided by the rules for the organization and management of GRASP, the Secretariat provides institutional support and expertise to the various organs mandated to run GRASP.
Doug Cress, GRASP Coordinator
Dr. Johannes Refisch, Programme Manager
Sarah Cheroben, UN Volunteer [Mayombe]
Michael Omare, Associate Programme Officer
The GRASP Executive Committee is responsible to the GRASP Council and acts on its behalf in ensuring the effective implementation of the policies of the GRASP Partnership. It is assisted by the Secretariat in handling the routine activities of the GRASP Partnership. Executive Committee decisions are made by consensus wherever possible. If consensus cannot be reached, decisions are reached by simple majority vote.
The GRASP Executive Committee consists of:
The full Partners in each category mentioned in the preceding paragraph elect, by simple majority vote, the member(s) for that category. The term of Executive Committee membership is two years. The members of the Executive Committee elect a Chairperson, who holds office for two years with the possibility of re-election for two further periods of two years each.
The functions of the GRASP Executive Committee are:
TheGRASP Executive Committee meets at least [every three months] via teleconference or electronic mail, or more frequently if required to ensure the efficient functioning of GRASP.
The GRASP Executive Committee acts on behalf of the GRASP Council in relation to all crucial decisions and matters relating to the GRASP Partnership and its great ape conservation activities between meetings of the GRASP Council. A summary of the minutes of GRASP Executive Committee meetings are submitted by the GRASP Secretariat to all GRASP Parnters as soon as possible after each meeting.
The GRASP Scientific Commission was established in 2007 and comprises 11 Parnters with substantial experience in the science and conservation of reat apes.
The GRASP Scientific Commission consists of:
Dr. Serge Wich (Chair), elected independantly by the below Parnters:
The GRASP Scientific Commission members’ terms of reference as agreed at the GRASP Executive Committee meeting held in 2007 include:
For more details, see the complete terms of reference [English] [Français] of the Scientific Commission and the rules [English] [Français] for the organization and management of the GRASP Partnership.
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