The Great Apes Survival Project (GRASP) Partnership is an innovative and ambitious project of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Its immediate challenge is to lift the threat of imminent extinction faced by gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos and orangutans across their ranges in equatorial Africa and south-east Asia. Great ape populations are declining at an alarming rate worldwide.
In response, GRASP operates politically at local, national and international scales to encourage the prioritisation of great ape conservation strategies, and develops range states’ technical capacity to achieve GRASP goals.
Born Free provided the core of the GRASP Technical Support Team (TST) from September 2001 to January 2011 - liaising with the governments of great ape range states and providing them with valuable equipment, as well as interfacing with the broader conservation community and supporting the GRASP administration. GRASP is currently undergoing a 5-year review to chart its next phase and Born Free continues to be an active partner, and our Senior Wildlife Consultant Ian Redmond OBE remains a GRASP Envoy.