Policy Brief to Great Apes set to be Launched this July

In collaboration with African CSOs Biodiversity Alliance (ACBA), Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH) and International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP) are launching a Policy Brief on Responsible Tourism to Africa’s Great Apes on 19th July 2022 at 4:00 PM CAT at the IUCN Africa Protected Areas Congress (APAC) in Kigali, Rwanda at the ACBA pavilion.

The Policy Brief authored by International Gorilla Conservation Programme and Conservation Through Public Health highlights the key challenges and threats facing Africa’s great apes in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic and beyond and offers actionable recommendations for a One Health approach that can improve great ape conservation, responsible tourism, and community benefits.

The event will have a keynote address by Dr. Andrew Seguya, Executive Secretary, Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration and a panel discussion with Ms Clare Kamanzi, Chief Executive Officer, Rwanda Development Board; Mr Sam Mwandha, Executive Director, Uganda Wildlife Authority; Dr. Emmanuelle Normand, Country Director, Wild Chimpanzee Foundation; Mr Praveen Moman, Founder and CEO, Volcanoes Safaris and Mr. Manzi Kayihura, Managing Director, Thousand Hills Africa. The panel will be moderated by Frank Turyatunga, Director and Regional Representative of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Africa Office.

We would like to invite you to be part of this event to create more awareness on the importance of protecting great apes from diseases like COVID-19.

Visit the IUCN APAC website to register and be part of the event. You can watch it live on ACBA YouTube Channel and follow the discussion on social media #APAC2022 #Future4GreatApes #OneHealth

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