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Green Status Assessments


The IUCN SSC A.P.E.S. Database is a cornerstone of the IUCN Green List, by providing critical information on great ape population recovery and management success stories. This information is essential for promoting sustainable conservation practices, inspiring further conservation efforts, and celebrating the recovery of these remarkable species.

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Together with great ape experts, we are planning to do the Green List Assessments for all great ape species. For this, we will use population trends data stored in the A.P.E.S. Database in order to map population size increases, range expansion, and improved population health. This information is crucial for evaluating the effectiveness of conservation efforts and identifying species that are experiencing recovery. 

What’s more, the A.P.E.S. Wiki documents conservation initiatives that have contributed to great ape population recovery, including habitat protection, community engagement, anti-poaching efforts, and sustainable livelihood programs. This information will serve as valuable examples for other conservation projects and demonstrate the potential for positive outcomes. Thus, by showcasing successful conservation cases for great apes, the IUCN Green List, in collaboration with the A.P.E.S. Database and Wiki, encourages the adoption of effective and sustainable approaches.

The database's data and wiki’s success stories showcased in the IUCN Green List, will serve as a source of inspiration for conservationists, researchers, and policymakers worldwide. By demonstrating the potential for great ape recovery, the database motivates continued efforts to protect these species and their habitats.


Contribute to this Project

If you are interested in finding out more about the Green Status of Great Ape Species Assessments and/ or if you would like to contribute, please do not hesitate to contact Jessi Junker at

Watch this site for project-related news, updates, and first results over the coming months!

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