RSPO Support Fuels GRASP Efforts to Protect Critically Endangered Orangutans

RSPO Support Fuels GRASP Efforts to Protect Critically Endangered Orangutans

Nearly a year after smoke and haze blanketed Borneo and threatened thousands of critically endangered orangutans, emergency funds provided by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) have helped protect those populations and their rainforest homes against future crises.

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

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

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 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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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.

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 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.

The Future of the Bornean Orangutan: Webcast Episode 02

The Future of the Bornean Orangutan: Webcast Episode 02

31st Aug 2015 Events, Media

Join us for a Google+ Hangout with the lead authors of the Borneo Report, Dr. Serge Wich and Dr. Johannes Refisch on the 3rd of September at 08:00-09:00 GMT. Joining the authors will be GRASP coordinator Doug Cress and Malaysian University graduate students.

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