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Highlights for Wednesday, 7 November 2012
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2nd GRASP Council Meeting

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
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Mark Baxter, UK
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Ofir Drori, Director, LAGA
Stanley Johnson, Chairman, The Gorilla Organization
Graham Usher, PanEco
Pia Jonsson, CITES
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David Greer, Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF)
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Russ Mittermeier, GRASP Patron and President of CI
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Mark Leighton, GRASP Scientific Commission
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Aggrey Rwetsiba, Uganda
Great Apes and Green Economy
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Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, CI
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Neville Ash, UNEP
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Christophe Boesch, Founder and President, Wild Chimpanzee Foundation
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Katia Karousakis,
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
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Michel Masozera, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)
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Johannes Refisch, GRASP Secretariat
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Participants conferring during the session break.
 
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