GRASP seeks to deliver a strong, unified message on behalf of great ape conservation and strives to combine political commitment, education, and practical conservation into an effective agenda. With access to politicians, business leaders, agro-industrial executives, key decision-makers, and relevant stakeholders, GRASP impacts local, national, and international attitudes, and raises political and social debate regarding great ape conservation to the highest possible level.


GRASP focuses on key issues integral to the conservation of great apes: political advocacy, conflict sensitive conservation, habitat protection, green economy, disease monitoring and illegal trade. These priority areas represent GRASP’s vision and goals, and emphasize the partnership’s added value for conservation. They have been approved by the 2nd GRASP Council meeting in Paris in 2012.