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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Vice-Chair of the Section on Great Apes of the IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group (email@example.com).
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 the terms of engagement will be captured in a MOU that must be signed within two months of its reception. 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 below.
The ARRC Task Force pulls together a panel of 4-5 experts who review documents and participate in meetings with the company to provide advice as needed. The ARRC Task Force does not accept payment for services. Our members invest a great deal of time into providing advice and engaging in meetings. We hope that our advice is useful to you.
The ARRC Task Force then issues a “statement” that briefly summarizes our engagement with and assessment of the project. This can then be presented to as evidence of “engagement” with the SGA.