The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) – Ian Redmond Conservation Award was created to encourage innovation, inspire leadership, and offer hope in the field of great ape conservation in Africa and Asia. The 1st GRASP – Ian Redmond Conservation Awards winners were chosen by a five-member committee comprised of representatives from UN Environment, UNESCO, the GRASP Secretariat, and the GRASP Scientific Commission, as well as Ian Redmond himself. Four winners — two from Africa and two from Asia — each played an integral role helping ensure the survival of great apes worldwide.

“Through the GRASP – Ian Redmond Conservation Award, these four conservation pioneers are able to make a difference, both in Africa and Asia, and the quality of their results speak to a meaningful impact on the survival of the great apes in the wild.”

Click here to download the Awards magazine to read more about the 1st  GRASP-Ian Redmond Conservation Awards and the winners.

PANUT HADISISWOYO (INDONESIA)

Panut Hadisiswoyo (Indonesia) is the founder of the Orangutan Information Centre (OIC) and runs its Human-Orangutan Conflict Response Unit (HOCRU). The HOCRU team responds to reports of human-orangutan conflict, as well as to reports of illegally held captive orangutans. It also conducts regular field monitoring of translocated orangutans, and identifies orangutans who have been isolated due to human encroachment or agricultural expansion and therefore require relocation.

In 2014, with the help of GRASP – Ian Redmond Conservation Award funding, HOCRU evacuated 17 orangutans living in isolated forest patches. It also developed a Disease Risk Assessment process that will soon become part of a broader standard operating protocol in all translocations. Twenty evacuated orangutans were also released into primary forest adjacent to a restoration site, and an additional primary release site is under consideration so as not to overpopulate any one region.

HOCRU interviewed communities extensively, trying to determine whether individuals were aware orangutans protected status under Indonesian law. Over 700 community members in this project period were involved in HOCRU’s education and outreach activities. More than 1,000 brochures and 1,000 posters were printed and distributed as well. The HOCRU programme has been acknowledge by key stakeholders in northern Sumatra as the only team addressing human-orangutan conflict problems, and they have therefore developed crucial relationships with local governments and communities living in and around this region, the last stronghold of the Sumatran orangutan.