Wild ape populations have been devastated by widespread habitat loss as a result of deforestation, mining, illegal logging, human encroachment, and conversion for agricultural development. Indications show that great apes lose an average of 1.2% percent of their suitable habitat each year.
The United Nations Great Apes Survival Partnership (UN-GRASP) is a partnership comprised of great ape range states faced with an immediate challenge: to lift the threat of imminent extinction faced by gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos and orang-utans across their ranges in Equatorial Africa and South-east Asia.
UN-GRASP’s mission is to work as a coherent alliance to conserve wild populations of every great ape in their natural habitats, and to ensure that where apes and people interact, their interactions are both positive and sustainable.
UN-GRASP also seeks to reduce the threats facing the same biodiversity-rich ecosystems which share the forests with the great apes and to illustrate what can be achieved through a genuine global partnership between myriad stakeholders.
Commission details: What: Art direction,design, photography and production. Who: For United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP). When: The visual campaign was presented at the 2nd UN-GRASP Council during November 2012 at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France.