Deforestation and habitat destruction are the primary threats to great ape survival, as great apes depend heavily on the forests in which they live. GRASP engages with national and private land owners, agro-industrial stakeholders, corporate executives and private sector decision-makers to promote responsible land-use management that protects and expands great ape habitat. GRASP seeks to strengthen protected areas, encourage the development of corridors and connectivity, and raise the capacity of indigenous and local communities in natural resource management.
GRASP works to ensure that great ape conservation issues are included in international processes such as REDD+ and FLEG-T, and that development agencies such as the World Bank and the European Union consider the impact of their projects upon great apes and their habitat.
GRASP projects support forest patrols and community awareness programmes to prevent further deforestation, in addition to the development of “corridor” projects that re-connect fragmented forests.
GRASP Activities : Explore projects and programmes initiated by GRASP to protect the great apes and their habitats.