2nd Great Apes Survival Partnership Council

When :

from Tuesday 6 November, 2012
to Thursday 8 November, 2012

Type of event :

Interagency meeting

Where :

UNESCO Headquarters, Room XI, 7, place de Fontenoy, 75007, Paris,

Contact :

Noeline Raondry Rakotoarisoa
The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) is holding its 2nd Council at UNESCO Headquarters from 6 to 8 November 2012. The Council will bring together range countries and partner nations, conservation organizations, research institutions, United Nations agencies, and private supporters that are committed to the protection of great apes and their habitat in Africa and Asia. It will craft a long-term strategy that meets the demands of conserving great apes and their habitat in a rapidly changing world. It will also consider proposals suggested by the recent GRASP Strategic Review designed to make the partnership more effective, and consider reaching out to areas of government, industry, science, and research that could increase the scope and scale of GRASP’s worldwide.<br/>Launched in Durban in September 2002, Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) is a World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) Type II Partnership which aims at lifting the threat of imminent extinction faced by gorillas (Gorilla beringei, G. gorilla), chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), bonobos (Pan paniscus) and orangutans (Pongo abelii, P. pygmaeus) across their ranges in Equatorial Africa and Southeast Asia. GRASP Secretariat is provided jointly by UNESCO and UNEP.<br />The 1st Intergovernmental Meeting on Great Apes in Kinshasa in 2005 finally saw the signing of the Kinshasa Declaration and the blueprint of a framework for GRASP. There are approximately 80 GRASP partners. The GRASP Partnership is governed by a Council consisting of representatives of all the Partners, assisted by an elected Executive Committee and a Scientific Commission comprised of experts in great ape ecology and conservation. The GRASP Secretariat as the administrative and operational arm of the Partnership is provided jointly by UNEP and UNESCO. <br />