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).
Wild populations of chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans and bonobos are in sharp decline and their habitat is under severe threat, adding urgency to the 2nd Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) Council meeting that gets underway 6-8 November in Paris, France.
GRASP will examine threats, consider solutions and ask its broad membership to craft a strategy to ensure the long-term survival of great apes, which are closer than ever to extinction.
The 2nd GRASP Council will be held at the headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which jointly hosts the GRASP secretariat with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
2nd GRASP Council Set for Paris
The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) will craft a long-term strategy that meets the demands of conserving great apes and their habitat in a rapidly changing world when it stages the 2nd GRASP Council from November 6-8 in Paris, France. Click here to visit the council Website.
UNESCO headquarters will host the event, which will bring together GRASP’s unique alliance of partner nations, United Nations agencies, conservation organizations, and private supporters.
The 2nd GRASP Council will also consider proposals suggested by the recent GRASP Strategic Review designed to make the partnership more effective, and consider reaching out to areas of government, industry, science, and research that could increase the scope and scale of GRASP’s work.
A U.N. helicopter transported the infant female chimpanzee – nicknamed “Beni” – from northeastern DR Congo on July 20 to the Lwiro Primate Rehabilitation Center sanctuary in South Kivu.
The MI-8MTV transport helicopter rescue was part of the U.N.’s regularly scheduled air traffic within the region as part of the U.N. Organization Stabilization Mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO) effort, and reduced what would have a grueling 550-kilometer trip overland to less than two hours. In 2010, the U.N. also airlifted four orphaned gorillas from Rwanda to a sanctuary in DR Congo.
“GRASP is extremely grateful to the MONUSCO officials who made this transfer possible,” said GRASP coordinator Doug Cress. “Their commitment and coordination on behalf of an endangered species is truly admirable, and GRASP looks forward to developing this relationship further.”