IFC PS6 and great apes

Guidance Note 6

Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Management of Living Natural Resources

November 15, 2018

A guidance note on International Finance Corporation (IFC) Performance Standard 6 (PS6) includes the following:

GN71. Special consideration should be given to great apes (gorillas, orangutans, chimpanzees and bonobos) due to their anthropological significance. Where great apes may potentially occur, the IUCN Great Apes Specialist Group† must be consulted as early as possible to assist in the determination of the occurrence of great apes in the project’s area of influence. Any area where there are great apes is likely to be treated as Critical Habitat. Projects in such areas will be acceptable only in exceptional circumstances, and individuals from the IUCN Great Apes Specialist Group must be involved in the development of any mitigation strategy.

Great Ape Section of the Primate Specialist Group 

If you have an enquiry relating to PS6 and great apes, please contact the Coordinator of the Great Ape Section, Dirck Byler: dbyler@globalwildlife.org

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