New Web Tool Facilitates Joint Efforts to Protect Great Apes and Fight Climate Change

New Web Tool Facilitates Joint Efforts to Protect Great Apes and Fight Climate Change

15th Apr 2016 Featured, Home, Press Releases

A web-based tool that superimposes maps of valuable above ground 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).

GRASP Ambassadors Speak Out on Indonesia Haze Crisis

GRASP Ambassadors Speak Out on Indonesia Haze Crisis

10th Nov 2015 Featured, Home, Press Releases

Ambassadors for the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) today called on the government of Indonesia to immediately ban the use of fire to clear land if sustainable practices cannot be implemented, following the environmental crisis currently unfolding in Southeast Asia.

Jane Goodall, Richard Leakey, Russell Mittermeier, Richard Wrangham and Nadya Hutagalung issued a joint statement that warned endangered orangutans are at risk in Sumatra and Borneo and globally important biodiversity is at stake.

Nadya Hutagalung: Together We Can End the Haze Crisis

Nadya Hutagalung: Together We Can End the Haze Crisis

09th Nov 2015 Editorial, Featured

On a recent flight from Jakarta to Denpasar, I stared out the window at the blue sky — a real luxury these days that I was only able to see after passing through toxic haze and smog. I am sure there isn’t a person out there who hasn’t wished for blue skies to return.

GRASP Hails Sarawak Support for Orangutans

GRASP Hails Sarawak Support for Orangutans

24th Aug 2015 Featured, Home, Press Releases

The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) welcomed the bold commitment to halt deforestation and support orangutan conservation in the Malaysian state of Sarawak that was announced at the recent GRASP Regional Meeting – Southeast Asia.

Chief Minister Tan Sri Haji Adenan Bin Satem announced a series of actions to protect Sarawak’s estimated 2,500 orangutans, which are endangered by clearing of forests for new oil palm plantations, illegal logging and other threats. Describing himself as an “amateur naturalist,” Adenan pledged “make decisions that are in the favour of nature.”

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.

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.

Great Apes Summit Delegates Issue Statement on Palm Oil

Great Apes Summit Delegates Issue Statement on Palm Oil

08th Oct 2013 Press Releases

The Great Apes Summit, which brought together scientists, advocates, public policy experts, media professionals, conservation leaders, range state officials and program funders to discuss issues and propose solutions, was co-hosted by the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP), the Arcus Foundation, and the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival.

We, the delegates to the Great Apes Summit, gathered 21-24 September in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA, and committed to the conservation of apes and their habitats, are concerned that the rapid and under-regulated expansion of oil palm plantations across Asia and Africa poses a significant danger to the long-term survival of all ape species in the wild. We therefore issue a coordinated response that seeks to protect priority forests and the apes they contain, including chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos, orangutans and gibbons, and seek to promote the use of sustainably sourced palm oil through the following six action points:

GRASP-Ian Redmond Conservation Award Honors Dedicated Africans, Asians

GRASP-Ian Redmond Conservation Award Honors Dedicated Africans, Asians

GRASP-Ian Redmond Conservation Award Honors Dedicated Africans, Asians

The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) honored four Africans and Asian working on the frontlines of great ape conservation when it announced the winners of the inaugural GRASP – Ian Redmond Conservation Award on September 22.

The announcement was made at the Great Apes Summit, which is being held in conjunction with the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival in Wyoming, USA.

The GRASP-Ian Redmond Conservation Award was created to encourage innovation, build partnerships, inspire leadership, and offer hope in the field of great ape conservation. It also honors Redmond, who was instrumental in launching GRASP in 2001.

“If the great apes are to survive we need new thinking and commitment from people in the countries where they live,’ Redmond said. “I have long been inspired by the courage and commitment of African and Asian colleagues and am delighted that four such people are being honored today. There were many worthy applicants and it was difficult to select the winners.”

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