Côte d'Ivoire / Bingerville hosts the inaugural Congress of the African Primatological Society (APS 2017)

The Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d’Ivoire (CSRS) is organizing the Inaugural Congress of the African Primatological Society (APS 2017) in Bingerville from Monday 24 to Thursday 27 july 2017, which will mark the official creation of the structure for the advancement of primates research and conservation, on the topic "New Challenges and Opportunities in Primate Conservation Across Africa".

At the Red List of Primates in Africa Workshop organized by the Group of Specialists on Primates of the Species Survival Commission of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature held from 18 to 23 April 2016 in Rome, Italy, experts assessed the conservation status of primates in Africa.

Thus out of 179 taxa, 100 were classified as threatened including 35 in danger and 15 in critical danger. More than ever, these assessments have revealed the disastrous situation of primates in Africa and have drawn attention to the possibility of imminent and catastrophic loss of the rich biodiversity of primates in the continent if concrete measures are not taken as a matter of urgency To reverse the current trend.

The general objective of the congress is to constitute formally the African Primatological Society and to position the group as a platform for the sharing of knowledge and experience between researchers, conservation actors, educational professionals, donors And decision makers of the African continent, in order to effectively conserve the primates of Africa.

The work should improve knowledge on the achievements, constraints and perspectives of primatology in the different regions of Africa.

The Congress will bring together 150 to 200 African primatologists, non-African scholars and conversationalists working on African primates and other stakeholders. In addition, there will be the first General Assembly of the members of the SAP, as well as plenary lectures with illustrious primatologists, posters and round tables, the organizers announced.

Ivorian Press Agency (AIP)

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