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Description/achievement of initiative

Main objective of the Partnership is to lift the threat of imminent or medium term extinction faced by the four main kinds of great apes (bonobos, chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans.

The immediate objectives leading to the achievement of the Partnership's goal include;
- To promote the Global Strategy for the Survival of Great Apes and Their Habitat;
- To determine the potential of sites, monitor populations of great apes and establish a database of great ape population information;
- To collate and analyse existing projects and initiatives at different levels, in order to identify gaps and set priorities in action and to encourage coordination and cooperation;
- To encourage range States to prepare and implement national action plans for the survival of great ape populations and their habitat and ensure that they have the necessary resources to do so;
- To prioritize the use of resources for optimum effectiveness and identify funding areas that are currently neglected and underfunded;
- To promote and enforce a legal framework for the survival of great apes and their habitat in the countries concerned;
- To identify and support income-generating initiatives for the benefit of communities living in and around great ape habitat and protected areas, with due consideration for indigenous communities and to ensure, where it becomes imperative to resettle indigenous people in conformity with United Nations guidelines, that compensation is paid with international support;
- To educate and raise awareness among local populations;
- To help generate new and additional funds for the survival of great apes and their habitat and to ensure that the international community in the widest sense (donor States, international organizations and institutions, non-governmental organizations and representatives of private business and industry) provides effective and coherent support to the efforts being made by the great ape range States.

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Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


Government of Angola - Forestry Department
Government of Burundi - Ministere de l'Amenagement du Territoire, de l'Environnement et des Forets
Government of Cameroon - Ministry of Environment and Forestry
Government of Central African Republic - Directeur de la Faune Organe de Gestion CITES/RCA
Government of Congo - Ministere de l'Economie forestiere et de l'Environnement
Government of Côte d'Ivoire - Direction de la Protection de la Nature
Government of Democratic Republic of the Congo - Direction de l'Environnement et Conservation de la Nature
Government of Equatorial Guinea - to be confirmed
Government of France - Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Government of Gabon - Direction de la Faune et de la Chasse
Government of Germany - Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
Government of Ghana - Wildlife Division (Forestry Commission)
Government of Guinea - Direction Nationale Des Eaux et Forêts
Government of Guinea-Bissau - Direction Generale des Forets et Chasse
Government of Indonesia - PHKA - Ministry of Forestry
Government of Ireland - Ministry of Local Government and Environment
Government of Liberia - National Environmental Commission of Liberia
Government of Malaysia - Sabah Wildlife Department
Government of Mali - Direction Nationale de la Conservation
Government of Nigeria - Federal Ministry of Environment (Forestry Department)
Government of Norway
Government of Rwanda - Ministry of Lands, Human Resettlement and Environmental Protection
Government of Senegal - Direction des Parcs Nationaux du Senegal
Government of Sierra Leone - Ministry of Lands, Country Planning, Forestry and the Environment
Government of Sudan - New Sudan Wildlife Conservation Organization
Government of Uganda - Uganda Wildlife Authority
Government of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - Defra and FCO
Government of United Republic of Tanzania - Wildlife Division

Major Groups:
Australian Orangutan Project (Australia)
GRASP Australia Committee (Australia)
Institut de Recherche et de Developpement (IRD)/PRESICA (Cameroon)
Last Great Ape Organization (Cameroon)
Lukuru Wildlife Research Project (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Pole Pole Foundation (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Tayna Centre for Conservation Biology (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Hutan (France)
Bergorilla & Regenwald Direkthilfe (Germany)
GRASP Japan Committee (Japan)
Africa Conservation Fund (Kenya)
International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP) (Kenya)
PanEco Foundation for Sustainable Develoment and Intercultural Exchange/ Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (Switzerland)
Wild Chimpanzee Foundation (WCF) (Switzerland)
Budongo Forest Project (Uganda)
Born Free Foundation (BFF) (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
Bristol Zoo Gardens (BZG) (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
Cardiff School of Biological Sciences, Cardiff University (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
Care for the Wild (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
Discovery Initiatives (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
Fauna and Flora International (FFI) (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
Filmmakers for Conservation (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
International Rangers Federation (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
Living Earth Foundation (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
North of England Zoological Society (Chester Zoo) (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
Orangutan Foundation (OF) (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
The Gorilla Organization (Europe) (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
Tusk Trust (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
Volcanoes Safaris (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
Wildlifeline (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
World Primate Safaris (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
Zoological Society of London (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
Bonobo Conservation Initiative (United States of America)
Conservation International (CI) (United States of America)
Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (United States of America)
Earthwatch Institute (United States of America)
Great Ape World Heritage Species Project (GAWHSP) (United States of America)
The Orangutan Conservancy®. (United States of America)
Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) (United States of America)
African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) ()
Ape Alliance ()
Bushmeat Crisis Task Force (BCTF) ()
Institute for Tropical Forest Conservation (ITFC) ()
International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) ()
Pan African Sanctuaries Alliance (PASA) ()
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF International) ()

UN System:
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) (France)
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Great Apes Survival Project (GRASP) (Kenya)
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), World Conservation Monitoring Centre,(WCMC) (Kenya)
UN Fund for International Partnerships (UNFIP) (United States of America)
United Nations Foundation (UNF) ()

Other intergovernmental organizations:
Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) (Canada)
Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) (Germany)
Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) (Switzerland)
The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Switzerland)
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) (United States of America)
New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) ()
World Heritage Convention (WHC) ()

@Bristol ()
Brigitte Bardot Foundation ()
Britannia Airways ()
DHL ()
Dorling Kindersley ()
IUCN - The World Conservation Union ()
Intercontinental Hotel Group ()
People's Trust for Endangered Species ()

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This initiative does not yet fulfil the SMART criteria.
Date of completion: 2010-12-01
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