GRASP – REDD+ Mapping Project

GRASP – REDD+ Mapping Project

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Project Launch Title: GRASP – REDD+ Mapping Project

Date of Completion: 2016-04-14

This is a web-based tool that superimposes maps of valuable underground carbon stocks with great ape distribution in Africa and Asia – thereby making the strongest possible argument for protecting both – was launched this week in Monrovia, Liberia, by the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) and the United Nations Collaborative Programme for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (UN-REDD Programme).

The GRASP – REDD+ Mapping Project was introduced at the GRASP Regional Meeting – West Africa, which brought together partners from nine West African countries to discuss key conservation issues in the region.

The GRASP – REDD+ Mapping Project is designed to identify priority areas for implementing REDD projects when also considering co-benefits for the conservation of great apes. The maps are designed to help decision-makers, climate specialists and conservation organizations access data and link the carbon and great ape layers with other context data.

GRASP and UN-REDD worked with the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology to develop the on-line tool, which can be accessed through the Ape Populations, Environments and Surveys (A.P.E.S.) database, a web-based decision support system.

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GRASP Collaborates with Chocolatier for Valentine’s Day to Promote Sustainable Consumption

GRASP Collaborates with Chocolatier for Valentine’s Day to Promote Sustainable Consumption

11th Feb 2016 Announcement, Home

NUUBIA SAN FRANCISCO is an artisanal chocolatier making fine confections that are hand-crafted from sustainably and humanely sourced ingredients. Apart from being fine chocolatiers, NUUBIA SAN FRANCISCO are passionate conservationists with a drive for environmental preservation.

They do not use unsustainable palm oil in any of their products and have earned the right to be labelled as “Orangutan Safe” and “Cruelty-Free,” demonstrating the possibility of producing fine confections that do not compromise the viability of forest ecosystems and wildlife species.

Palm oil is the most widely consumed vegetable oil globally and is found in approximately 50% of consumer products including chocolate among others.  It is estimated this year that the U.S alone will spend $18 billion on chocolate and gifts for Valentine’s Day. There are significant concerns regarding the unsustainable production of palm oil due to the associated negative environmental impacts, particularly the large-scale destruction of tropical forest ecosystems and the great ape populations that reside within them. An estimated 80% of orangutan forest habitat in Indonesia and Malaysia has been lost in the past 20 years alone, in large part due to palm oil production.

This Valentine’s Day, treat your loved ones to a selection of beautiful, wildlife- friendly, hand- crafted NUUBIA SF chocolate treats. Visit http://nuubiasf.com/

NUUBIA SF has kindly offered to donate 100% of its profits to GRASP partners for every purchase through March 2016 in aid of great ape conservation. This offer is applicable to customers who mention “APE” in- store and to customers who write “APE” in the coupon box for online orders.

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Share the love and make a difference for great apes this Valentine’s Day! Visit http://nuubiasf.com/

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Share the love and make a difference for great apes this Valentine’s Day! Visit http://nuubiasf.com/

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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.

RSPO Commits to Orangutan Crisis via GRASP

RSPO Commits to Orangutan Crisis via GRASP

30th Nov 2015 Home, Palm Oil, Press Releases

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) joined the battle to protect endangered orangutans from the fires and haze ravaging Southeast Asia today with a $100,000 USD contribution to support Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) projects in Borneo.

GRASP Blog Competition Finalists Offer Innovation

GRASP Blog Competition Finalists Offer Innovation

25th Sep 2012 Competitions, Press Releases

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 www.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.

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.

‘Green Economy’ Leader to Make Economic Argument at 2nd GRASP Council

‘Green Economy’ Leader to Make Economic Argument at 2nd GRASP Council

24th Aug 2012 Press Releases

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.

“As the world considers issues of development and biodiversity, GRASP believes that Costa Rica’s successful conversion can serve as an inspiration,” said GRASP coordinator Doug Cress. “Many countries in Africa and Asia are facing the same environmental choices that Costa Rica did two decades ago, and we want to emphasize the economic benefits of protecting natural resources.”

Rodriguez is credited with implementing a unique conservation policy in Costa Rica whereby users of a forest’s environmental services — such as clean water, climate regulation, and minerals — were required to pay the forest’s owners for these rights. As a result, Costa Rica was able to reverse the process of deforestation, and today boasts twice as many forests as there were 20 years ago.

Rodriguez also pushed marine protection on to Costa Rica’s national agenda, demanding that 25% — or 12.5 million hectares – of the country’s ocean environment be protected.

Many experts believe Costa Rica’s models might be adapted successfully to promote great ape conservation in Africa and Asia. But Rodriguez warns that the time and political stability are required to commit to a green economy. “You cannot have those conditions unless you invest a lot in the political system, in governance, in human rights, and many elements around political stability,” he says.

Rodriguez, who served as Costa Rican’s Minister of Environment and Energy until 2006, is a senior policy advisor for Conservation International (CI) and a vice-president of CI’s Center for Conservation and Governments.

GRASP was established in 2001 to help lift the threat of extinction faced by chimpanzees. Gorillas, orangutans and bonobos by focusing on international policy, funding, research, and media.

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Blog Competition Seeks High-Tech Ideas to Save Great Apes

Blog Competition Seeks High-Tech Ideas to Save Great Apes

14th Aug 2012 Competitions

Are you concerned about the conservation status of great apes? Do you think you know how to save them? Can you say it in 500 words or less? If so, the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) wants to hear from you.

The GRASP Blog Competition is asking the question – “How Can Technology Save Great Apes?” – and the winner will receive an all-expenses paid trip to attend the 2nd GRASP Council, which will be held November 6th to 8th in Paris. The winning blog will be presented as part of the “Great Apes & Technology” session on November 8th.“Great ideas come from inspiration, and GRASP believes the on-line community offers a unique perspective on some of the conservation issues we face,” said Doug Cress, coordinator of GRASP. “If there is a new or novel approach to protecting chimpanzees, orangutans, gorillas or bonobos out there, we want to hear it.”

The GRASP Blog Competition is an opportunity to flex writing skills and creative energy, and entrants are encouraged to offer bold, visionary ideas. Technology is rapidly assuming a major role in the battle to protect great apes and their habitat, and GRASP is seeking ideas that are fresh and innovative.

All blogs are limited to 500 words and must be posted on the GRASP Facebook page or sent by mail to [email protected] prior to September 15th. A panel of great ape conservation experts will review the entrants, and the top five posts will be short-listed on the GRASP website at council.un-grasp.org. An on-line popular vote will take place to determine the winner by October 1st.

The complete rules for the GRASP Blog Competition can be found at council.un-grasp.org/blog-competition.

The 2nd GRASP Council brings together the entire GRASP partnership and is a unique opportunity to share ideas, forge alliances, and craft solutions to help conserve great apes and their habitat in Africa and Asia. In addition to “Great Apes & Technology,” other plenary sessions will include “Great Apes & Illegal Trade” and “Great Apes & Green Economy.”

For more information, visit council.un-grasp.org.

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August 2012

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