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2nd GRASP Council Meeting
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
Co-Chair Jean-Patrick Le Duc
Will Travers, CEO, Born Free Foundation
Neil Maddison, Director, Bristol Zoo Gardens
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Participants during the opening session
Great Apes and Illegal Trade Seminar
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Moderator Neil Maddison, Director, Bristol Zoo Gardens; John Scanlon, Secretary-General, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES); Ofir Drori, Director, The Last Great Ape Organisation (LAGA); Doug Cress, GRASP; Roland Melisch, Senior Director for Africa and Europe, TRAFFIC
Roland Melisch, TRAFFIC
Ofir Drori, LAGA
John Scanlon, CITES
Florent Ikoli, Congo
Tabi Philip Tako-Eta, Cameroon
Daniel Idiata Mambounga, Gabon
Matthew Hatchwell, Chief Executive, Europe Wildlife Conservation Society
Co-Chair John Mshelbwala, Nigeria
Stanley Johnson, Chairman, The Gorilla Organization
Around the room
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Evening cocktail reception and great apes photo exhibition
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