New UN web tool launched by UN-REDD Programme demonstrates climate benefits of protecting apes.

Monrovia, 14 April 2016 - A new web-based tool, launched in Liberia's capital Wednesday, shows how protecting great apes in Africa and Asia can help countries fight climate change. The online app superimposes maps of great ape ranges and of forest carbon stocks, allowing policymakers to better identify conservation priority areas.

The tool was launched by the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) and the United Nations Collaborative Programme for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (UN-REDD Programme).

The GRASP - REDD+ Mapping Project was introduced at the GRASP Regional Meeting - West Africa, which brought together partners from nine West African countries to discuss key conservation issues in the region.

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