Executive Committee of the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP)
Coordinated by UNESCO and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) is a unique alliance of nearly 100 national governments, conservation organizations, research institutions, United Nations (UN) agencies, and private companies. Through GRASP, UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) works to ensure the long-term survival of chimpanzees, orangutans, gorillas, and bonobos and their habitats in Africa and Asia.
The GRASP Executive Committee, co-organized by UNEP and UNESCO, will meet at UNESCO HQ on 25 and 26 July 2016 in room VIII. The GRASP Executive Committee meets on a quarterly basis each year.
The meeting will be followed by a side event on Great Apes conservation that will take place on 27 July 2016 from 10 am to 1 pm in room IV. During the side event on Great Apes Conservation, the focus will be given to the current challenges. The event will close with a question-answer session.
The GRASP Executive Committee represents each of the partnership categories of GRASP and is tasked with guiding the day-to-day work of the GRASP Secretariat to ensure effective implementation of GRASP strategies.
The GRASP Executive Committee includes:
- 4 Range States (East Africa (Uganda), West Africa (Senegal), Central Africa (Congo), Southeast Asia (Indonesia)),
- 2 Non-range States: France, Sweden
- UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
- UN Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
- 2 Multilateral environmental agreements (CITES, CMS)
- 2 Conservation organizations (Orang-utan Foundation, Wildlife Conservation Society)
The GRASP Scientific Commission also sits on the GRASP Executive Committee as a non-voting member.
The GRASP Executive Committee meets on a quarterly basis each year, including one face-to-face meeting, and members serve 4-year terms.