New GRASP Partners Bring Zoo Expertise, Sustainable Business Perspective

New GRASP Partners Bring Zoo Expertise, Sustainable Business Perspective

19th May 2016 Featured, Home, Press Releases

The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) strengthened its commitment to the conservation work of accredited zoos and broke new ground with private companies through the addition of two new partners, following a vote by the GRASP Executive Committee.

GRASP granted partnership status to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), which represents over 230 zoos in North America, and Nuubia Chocolates, an award-winning confectioner that uses only sustainable ingredients

GRASP Regional Meeting to Examine Great Ape Threats in West Africa

GRASP Regional Meeting to Examine Great Ape Threats in West Africa

29th Feb 2016 Featured, Home, Press Releases

Sustainable palm oil, extractive industries, illegal trade and zoonotic diseases are among the key issues to be discussed at the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) Regional Meeting – West Africa, which will be held 12-13 April in Monrovia, Liberia.

New GRASP Logo Marks 15th Anniversary

New GRASP Logo Marks 15th Anniversary

09th Feb 2016 Featured, Home, Press Releases

GRASP is commemorating the 15th anniversary of its work protecting great apes and their habitat in Africa and Asia through a new logo that will be used throughout 2016.

New GRASP Partners Increase Asian, African Impact

New GRASP Partners Increase Asian, African Impact

16th Dec 2015 Home, Press Releases

The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) strengthened its ability to tackle orangutan conservation in Borneo through the addition of two organizations that increased the partnership to 102, following a vote by the GRASP Executive Committee.

GRASP welcomes the Orangutan Appeal UK, which works to protect orangutans and their habitat and provides direct support to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Sabah, and the Gunung Palung Orangutan Conservation Program, which engages local communities and governments in the conservation of critical wild populations in West Kalimantan.

Global Landscapes Forum 2015: Launching the New Climate and development Agenda

Global Landscapes Forum 2015: Launching the New Climate and development Agenda

03rd Dec 2015 Events, Home

The 2015 Global Landscapes Forum is the leading platform for bringing together individuals and organizations that have an impact on land use. The event is expected to be the largest meeting on the sidelines of the UNFCCC COP21.

Industrial agriculture, ape conservation and climate change: More than a business case for reducing deforestation

Hosts:  United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP-FI), Arcus Foundation

Day 1 – Saturday, 5 December    17.15 - 18.45    Room: Amphitheater Bleu

 

The recent rush towards sustainable palm oil and commitments to zero-deforestation by major corporations may be driven by public pressure and political expediency – but what are the realities of transforming the industry that produces one of the world’s most commonly used ingredients? Certified sustainable palm oil currently accounts for 20 percent of the global production, but half of that certified sustainable palm oil goes unsold, raising questions as to the market demand.

Meanwhile, land-use plans and industrial agricultural conversion continues to level rainforests across Southeast Asia and increasingly across Equatorial Africa at record rates, threatening great apes and the ecosystems in which they survive. Major palm oil producers have responded by committing to zero-deforestation policies as a means of addressing consumer demands and engaging more fully with the Sustainable Development Goals, but how many actually understand the cost – both financially and logistically – of doing so, particularly when supply chains are so difficult to monitor?

Experts will address the trajectory of industrial agriculture around the globe, with emphasis on Asia, where cultivation rates fuel all aspects of this industry, and in Africa, where cultivation rates have been relatively low but are predicted to increase dramatically in the foreseeable future.

Key questions addressed

  1. How can the growing demand for commodities, which will require increased production, be reconciled with environmental considerations that include biodiversity conservation and climate change?
  2. Can an entire industry re-invent itself in time to prevent more damage to the environment – and still meet market demand?
  3. What are the options to sustainably increase productivity and livelihoods from smallholders?
  4. How has the expansion of industrial agriculture into the tropical forest estates of Africa and Asia impacted species such as apes and affected climate change?

 

 

Background reading

State of the Apes pilot publication: Extractive Industries and Ape Conservation

How Herakles Farms’ illegal timber trade threatens Cameroon’s forests and VPA.

The Future of the Bornean Orangutan: Impacts of change in land cover and climate.

Will Oil Palm’s homecoming spell doom for Africa’s Great Apes? 

Union of Concerned Scientists (2014) Donuts, Deodorant and Deforestation: Scoring

America’s Top Brands on Their Palm Oil Commitments.

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Indonesia Fire Haze Crisis: Webcast Episode 04

Indonesia Fire Haze Crisis: Webcast Episode 04

01st Dec 2015 Events, Media

Indonesia is one of the most richly biodiverse places on the planet, with countless species and others that have yet to be discovered. But fires that were set in June to clear land for agricultural development – which were whipped far beyond control by the El Nino meteorological conditions – turned an annual environmental concern into a global crisis. Nearly 120,000 fires have been counted so far, and the resulting haze spread across Southeast Asia. An estimated one-third of the remaining wild orangutans on Borneo were threatened by the fires, which destroyed 2 million hectares of forest land.

2nd GRASP-Ian Redmond Awards Honor Frontline Great Ape Conservationists

2nd GRASP-Ian Redmond Awards Honor Frontline Great Ape Conservationists

Africans and Asians who battle poachers and illegal traders, train veterinarians, promote community engagement and return apes to the wild are among the winners of the 2nd Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) – Ian Redmond Conservation Awards.

Hangout with Jane Goodall

Hangout with Jane Goodall

10th Jul 2015 Events, Media

GRASP HANGOUT -Ask The Ape Expert: DR. Jane Goodall

Join us for a Google+ Hangout with Dr Jane Goodall  on the 15th of July at 13:00-14:00 GMT. Joining  Dr. Goodall will be renowned journalist Asha Tanna, GRASP coordinator Doug Cress and Nairobi University graduate students.

We’ll be discussing with Jane about her 55 years in conservation and her experience as a primatologist. The public will be welcome to participate by watching, asking questions, seeking  advice as well as joining the discussion live during the hangout.

Have a question for  Jane?

Where Can I Ask Jane Questions?
  • You can  ask questions on our Facebook page here www.facebook.com/graspunep
  • You can also leave your question on the comment section below

Event Details

Event Name: GRASP HANGOUT -Ask The Ape Expert: Jane Goodall featuring Asha Tanna

Event Date: 15/7/2015

Event Time: 13:00 – 14:00  GMT

Location:United Nation Environmental Program  (UNEP) Headquarters ,Nairobi Kenya

Guests: Dr. Jane Goodall, Asha Tanna , Doug Cress and Nairobi University graduate Students.

Moderator: Asha Tanna

Topic:  55 years of Ape Conservation

Event Hashtags: #ApeExpert #GRASPHANGOUT #JANEHANGOUT #AskJane

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Who can join a Google Hangout?

  • Anyone can watch this Hangout!

How do I watch this Hangout?

  • We will be broadcasting live on this page
  • Go to our Youtube Chanel here https://youtu.be/l5f_7qG5S7c
  • Come back to THIS page on the hangout day for a live video stream on the hangout
  • Can’t make it to the LIVE chat? No worries, come back to this page to watch the archived video.

What is a Google Hangout?

  • It’s simply a video chat
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GRASP and PUMA Team Up for Great Ape Conservation

GRASP and PUMA Team Up for Great Ape Conservation

05th Dec 2013 Featured, Press Releases

GRASP and PUMA Team Up for Great Ape Conservation

The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) and the German sports company PUMA have teamed up to support gorilla and chimpanzee conservation in West Africa through a $428,000 USD agreement that represents the first significant corporate support for GRASP.

The funds are derived from PUMA’s “Play for Life” campaign in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), a unique project that used an on-line voting system to select conservation activities.

GRASP will direct the funds to protect critically endangered Cross River gorillas in Nigeria and promote a trans-boundary initiative that benefits chimpanzees in Cote d’Ivoire and Liberia.

GRASP To Launch Database to Monitor Ape Trade

GRASP To Launch Database to Monitor Ape Trade

06th Nov 2013 Press Releases

GRASP To Launch Database to Monitor Ape Trade

The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) will seek to monitor the illicit traffic in chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans and bonobos with the creation of a Great Apes Illegal Trade Database that will support law enforcement and conservation efforts around the world.

The Great Apes Illegal Trade Database was announced on November 6 at the Interpol-United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) International Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Conference at UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.

The creation of a database was a key recommendation of the recent UNEP-GRASP report, Stolen Apes, which estimated that nearly 3,000 great apes are lost from the forests of Africa and Asia each year.

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