Clemson doctoral student receives global conservation award
CLEMSON — Clemson University parks, recreation and tourism management Ph.D. student Edwin Sabuhoro has received the Ian Redmond Conservation Award from the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP), a United Nations initiative focused on chimpanzee, gorilla, bonobo and orangutan conservation.
Sabuhoro is one of four people globally who received the award honoring those who encourage innovation, build partnerships, inspire leadership and offer hope in the field of great ape conservation.
Sabuhoro, a Rwandan national, won the award for his work with the Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village, which supports community-based conservation and enterprise development in and around Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.
Sabuhoro has been honored as one of the 2015 CNN Heroes and has been featured on CNN’s International’s “African Voices” broadcast. He was honored his work with reformed poachers, including Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village.
GRASP gives the Ian Redmond Conservation Award annually in partnership with the Born Free Foundation, an international wildlife charity. The award is named for Ian Redmond, a longtime great apes advocate who helped create GRASP. Award winners were chosen by a committee comprised of representatives from United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the GRASP Secretariat and the GRASP Scientific Commission, as well as Redmond.
The Great Apes Survival Partnership is an alliance of nearly 100 national governments, conservation organizations, research institutions, United Nations agencies and private companies committed to the survival of chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos and orangutans and their habitats in Africa and Asia through work in six areas: habitat protection, conflict sensitive conservation, disease monitoring, green economy, illegal trade and political advocacy.