The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) launched the GRASP – Ian Redmond Conservation Award, seeking to inspire a new wave of Africans and Asians dedicated to the long-term survival of great apes and their habitat.
The GRASP-Ian Redmond Conservation Award is designed to encourage innovation, inspire leadership, and offer hope in the field of great ape conservation in Africa and Asia. One winner from each continent will be chosen on a biennial basis, and each will receive USD 5,000 and a plaque.
“I am very proud of giving out those awards, as they honour the extraordinary commitment of young conservationists. This award recognises the efforts of many people who are doing the extreme hard work on the field and make sure that our closest relatives can survive!” said GRASP coordinator Johannes Refisch.
The GRASP – Ian Redmond Conservation Award was established in recognition of great apes advocate Ian Redmond OBE, who has worked tirelessly in support of chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans and bonobos for more than three decades. Redmond helped create GRASP in 2001, and served as the GRASP Envoy for many years.
“I am honored to be associated with this award,” said Redmond. “I have dedicated my life to protecting great apes and their habitat, but apes need all of the friends they can get. If this award can enable others to make a similar commitment, bringing new and innovative ideas to the table, then perhaps the decline in great apes can one day be reversed.”
The GRASP-Ian Redmond Conservation Award was created by approval of the GRASP Executive Committee and endorsed by the 2nd GRASP Council in 2012. The award includes the financial support of the U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP), the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Born Free Foundation, Conservation International, and private donors.
The GRASP-Ian Redmond Conservation Award is limited to African and Asian nationals from the 23 great ape range countries.
GRASP is a unique alliance of nations, research institutions, United Nations agencies, conservation organizations, and private supporters committed to the long-term survival of great apes and their habitat. For more information, visit www.un-grasp.org.