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2nd GRASP Council Meeting
Highlights for Tuesday, 6 November 2012
The Second Council Meeting of the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) opened on Tuesday, 6 November in Paris, France. Taking place at the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) headquarters, participants heard opening statements from Doug Cress, GRASP Coordinator and Qunli Han, Director of the Executive Office, Natural Sciences Sector, UNESCO, as well as video messages from Achim Steiner, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director and Jane Goodall, Founder, the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace. Participants also heard reports from the GRASP Executive Committee, Scientific Commission, and the Secretariat and discussed the GRASP Strategic Review.

In the afternoon, participants heard the first of the Great Ape Seminars on Great Apes and Illegal Trade, which addressed issues such as law enforcement, the need for data, the lack of prosecution and convictions and the role of international organizations in combatting illegal trade. Participants also discussed the draft revision of the Global Strategy on Great Apes.

In the evening, delegates attended a reception and photo exhibition.
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GRASP Council Opening Ceremony
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Qunli Han, Director of the Executive Office, Natural Sciences Sector, UNESCO; Co-Chair John Mshelbwala, Nigeria; Co-Chair Jean-Patrick Le Duc, Head of International Relations at the National Museum of Natural History, France; Doug Cress, GRASP Coordinator; Neville Ash, UNEP
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Doug Cress, GRASP
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Qunli Han, UNESCO
Aggrey Rwetsiba, GRASP Executive Committee
Johannes Refisch, GRASP Secretariat
Serge Wich, GRASP Scientific Commission
Ian Redmond, Chairman, Ape Alliance
Christophe Boesch, Founder and President, Wild Chimpanzee Foundation
Mamadou Sidibé, Senegal
Highlights for Wednesday, 7 November 2012

The Second GRASP Council Meeting reconvened on Wednesday, 7 November in Paris, France. In the morning, participants discussed the draft GRASP Priority Plan 2013-2016 as well as the draft revised Rules for Management of GRASP. Participants exchanged views on the goals of and priority work areas for GRASP as well as the composition of the GRASP Executive Committee, the periodicity of Council meetings and the creation of Great Ape Ambassadors.

GRASP Patron and President of Conservation International (CI), Russ Mittermeier, presented on the work of the IUCN Primate Specialist Group in assessing great ape conservation status and increasing public awareness, and suggested actions for the second decade of GRASP. He also announced a contribution of US$ 5000 from the CI Primate Action Fund to the GRASP-Ian Redmond Conservation Award.

In the afternoon, participants convened for the second of the three Great Ape Seminars on Great Apes and the Green Economy. During the panel presentations, participants heard perspectives on, inter alia, financing green agendas, biodiversity and green growth, the contribution of the green economy to orangutan conservation, payments for environmental services and the contribution of great apes tourism to the green economy.

In the evening, a working group on the draft GRASP Priority Plan 2013-2016 met to revise the draft Plan to ensure that all partners’ views were taken into account.

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Morning Session
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From L-R: Noeline Raondry Rakotoarisoa, UNESCO; Chair Jacques Trouvilliez, France; Doug Cress, GRASP Coordinator; Neville Ash, UNEP
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Chair Jacques Trouvilliez, France
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Doug Cress, GRASP
Noeline Raondry Rakotoarisoa, UNESCO
Matthew Hatchwell, Chief Executive, Europe Wildlife Conservation Society
Roland Melisch, TRAFFIC
Highlights for Thursday, 8 November 2012

The Second GRASP Council Meeting reconvened for the final day of deliberations on Thursday, 8 November in Paris, France. In the morning, participants discussed the Global Strategy for Great Apes and the draft revised Rules for Management of GRASP.

In the afternoon, participants addressed the draft GRASP Priority Plan 2013-2016, and adopted the revised versions of the Global Strategy for Great Apes, the Rules for Management and the GRASP Priority Plan 2013-2016. Participants also elected new members to the Executive Committee. In the evening, the Great Ape Seminar on Great Apes and Technology took place.

The meeting was gavelled to a close at 6.14pm.

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Discussion on Organizational Matters
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Morning dias. From L-R: Doug Cress, GRASP Coordinator; Noeline Raondry Rakotoarisoa, UNESCO; Chair Jacques Trouvilliez, France; Neville Ash, UNEP
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Chair Jacques Trouvilliez, France
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Doug Cress, GRASP
Dieudonné Ankara, Congo
Mamadou Sidibé, Senegal
Bourama Niagate, Mali
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Russ Mittermeier, GRASP Patron and President of Conservation International
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John Mshelbwala, Nigeria
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