WHAT WE DO
The task force does not consider the hiring of an SGA member as part of your team, or seeking advice from an individual SGA member an "engagement." We consider an official engagement only after we have formed an independent panel to provide feedback and an official SGA Statement signed by the Vice-Chair of the Section on Great Apes of the IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group.
As soon as an EEAI project becomes aware that it is working in an area that has the potential to have apes, the project should contact the ARRC Task Force of the IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group. You can do this through our form under the "contact" tab above, or by emailing the Task Force Lead, Genevieve Campbell () or the Vice-Chair of the Section on Great Apes of the IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group ().
The ARRC Task force then arranges an initial call with the project to learn more about the project and then does their due diligence
After the initial call, the ARRC Task Force will make a decision whether or not it is able to engage with the project based on where the project is located, the scale of its impact and the company's commitment to mitigate impacts. If the Task Force decides to engage, then it agrees through an MOU to provide feedback to the company on whatever their request might be. We would of course prefer if the project was at its initial stage, but we can also provide feedback on ESIAs, BAPS, BMP etc. as outlined on the below.
The ARRC Task Force pulls together a panel of about 4-5 experts who read the documents and participate in phone calls with the company to provide any advice needed. The ARRC Task Force does not accept payment for services. Our members invest a great deal of time into providing advice, engaging in phone calls. We hope that our advice is useful to you.
The ARRC Task Force then issues a “statement” summarizing what or engagement was with the project and a brief statement of our assessment of the project. This can then be presented to you or other banks as evidence of an “engagement,” with the SGA.