3rd GRASP Council Postponed to 2017

3rd GRASP Council Postponed to 2017

The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) announced today it will postpone the 3rd GRASP Council until mid-2017, a decision taken to ensure maximum focus on issues such as climate change, illegal trade, and sustainable palm oil that are key to the long-term survival of great apes in Africa and Asia.

GRASP Ambassador Joins UN Illegal Trade Campaign

GRASP Ambassador Joins UN Illegal Trade Campaign

Asian supermodel Nadya Hutagalung joined A-list celebrities to launch a United Nations campaign against the illegal trade in wildlife that is pushing species to the brink of extinction, robbing countries of their natural heritage and profiting international criminal networks.

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

GRASP – REDD+ Mapping Project

GRASP – REDD+ Mapping Project

GRASP Activity Details

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 Pioneer Mapesa Dies After Lengthy Illness

GRASP Pioneer Mapesa Dies After Lengthy Illness

30th Mar 2016 Featured, Home, Press Releases

Moses Mapesa Wafula, the former director of the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) who chaired the 1st Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) Council and guided the partnership through its early years, died this week as a result of complications from leukemia.

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 Logo Marks 15th Anniversary

New GRASP Logo Marks 15th Anniversary

09th Feb 2016 Featured, Home, Press Releases

GRASP is commemorating the 15th anniversary of its work protecting great apes and their habitat in Africa and Asia through a new logo that will be used throughout 2016.

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.

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.

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