The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) today launched the GRASP – Ian Redmond Conservation Award, seeking to inspire a new wave of Africans and Asians dedicated to the long-term survival of great apes and their habitat.
The award was introduced at the CITES XVI Convention in Bangkok, Thailand.
The GRASP-Ian Redmond Conservation Award is designed to encourage innovation, inspire leadership, and offer hope in the field of great ape conservation in Africa and Asia. One winner from each continent will be chosen on a biennial basis, and each will receive USD 11,000 and a plaque.
The current deadline for applications is September 1, 2013.
“GRASP is proud to be able to help identify and support African and Asian individuals who want to make a difference,” said GRASP coordinator Doug Cress. “Great apes comprise a key part of the natural heritage of these continents, and it’s increasingly important to support Africans and Asians who are dedicated to protecting that heritage.”
The GRASP – Ian Redmond Conservation Award was established in recognition of great apes advocate Ian Redmond OBE, who has worked tirelessly in support of chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans and bonobos for more than three decades. Redmond helped create GRASP in 2001, and served as the GRASP Envoy for many years.
“I am honored to be associated with this award,” said Redmond. “I have dedicated my life to protecting great apes and their habitat, but apes need all of the friends they can get. If this award can enable others to make a similar commitment, bringing new and innovative ideas to the table, then perhaps the decline in great apes can one day be reversed.”
The GRASP-Ian Redmond Conservation Award was created by approval of the GRASP Executive Committee and endorsed by the 2nd GRASP Council in 2012. The award includes the financial support of the U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP), the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Born Free Foundation, Conservation International, and private donors.
The GRASP-Ian Redmond Conservation Award is limited to African and Asian nationals from the 23 great ape range countries. An on-line application form can be found at www.un-grasp.org/news/118-grasp-award and queries may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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