The Role of Modern Zoos in Great Ape Conservation :Webcast Episode 07

The Role of Modern Zoos in Great Ape Conservation :Webcast Episode 07

04th May 2016 Events, Featured, Home

The role of zoos has evolved to prioritize research, education, and conservation in modern times. While some groups still condemn their existence based on a reputation of entertainment and fun-fairs started in the 1800s, many zoos are working hard to change that narrative. In collaboration with scientific agencies, governments and other conservation bodies, zoos are now playing their part in the much bigger picture of the conservation of our natural world

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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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 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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