PROJECT PHASE TWO:
Social and Environmental Impact Assessment methodology advice
If there are ape populations in the area where a project is being considered, we can work with your team to advise on the best methodologies for surveying ape populations, length of time needed for studies, and timing of studies. We can advise about data analysis so that you can determine how many apes are within your area of concern. You will need to hire an expert to do the fieldwork, but we can work with your expert to design the surveys to ensure the accuracy of estimates of ape numbers, and information about how these individuals will be impacted.
We would like to stress that it is important to engage early in this process of designing the surveys, so that you will not have to redo studies thus causing undo delays and increased financial investment. It is also useful to engage at this stage with the Task Force so that you can have a clear idea of how much you should budget in terms of time and funding for these surveys, mitigation and potentially “ecological damages.”
Product: At the end of this stage, we will provide a letter stating what the IUCN SSC PSG ARRC Task Force advises about the best methodologies for the project. We would eventually like this statement to be made public on our website database.
Photograph by Kalyanee Mam, Bossou, Guinea 2018