United Nations Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP)



SUPPORT FOCUS: Great Ape Conservation

In 2013, IAPF CEO Damien Mander was invited to speak at the United Nations Great Apes Survival Partnership in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The panel topic was extreme conservation. Alongside Damien on the panel were:

Ian Singleton: PanEco Foundation/Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme 

Martha Robbins: Max Planck Institute 

Leon Lamprecht: African Parks Network



Key guest speaker at the September Summit was Dr Jane Goodall who subsequently became a member of the IAPF Advisory Committee. 


The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) is an innovative and ambitious partnership comprised of great ape range states faced with an immediate challenge: to lift 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's mission is to work as a coherent alliance to conserve wild populations of every great ape in their natural habitats, and to ensure that where apes and people interact, their interactions are both positive and sustainable.


GRASP also seeks to reduce the threats facing the same biodiversity-rich ecosystems which share the forests with the great apes and to illustrate what can be achieved through a genuine global partnership between myriad stakeholders.


To achieve these goals, GRASP targets the objectives outlined in the Global Strategy for the Survival of Great Apes , which was adopted at the Intergovernmental Meeting on Great Apes, held in Kinshasa, DR Congo, in 2005.


Great Ape Range States

Angola | Burundi | Cameroon | Central Africa Republic | DR Congo | Republic of Congo | Côte d'Ivoire | Equatorial Guinea |Gabon | Ghana | Guinea | Guinea-Bissau | Indonesia | Liberia | Malaysia | Mali | Nigeria | Rwanda | Senegal | Sierra Leone |Sudan | Tanzania | Uganda