Action Plans


All IUCN SSC Specialist Groups develop conservation strategies for particular species or groups of species. These Action Plans assess the current situation of species throughout their habitats, and – most importantly – lay out the steps needed for their protection. One of the strengths of such Action Plans is that they combine overviews of the species with clear delineations of conservation priorities. The Primate Specialist Group has published the following conservation action plans:

Concise regional and species action plans, which provide strategic conservation guidelines, are available for chimpanzees in West Africa, chimpanzees and gorillas in western equatorial Africa, Cross River gorillas, Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzees, and orangutans in Indonesia and Malaysia. All of the great ape Action Plans are available for download below.

English PDFs
Regional Action Plan for West African Chimpanzees (2003)
West African Chimpanzees: Status Survey and Action Plan (2003)

2.30 MB

Orangutan PHVA (2005) 2.30 MB
Regional Action Plan for Chimpanzees and Gorillas in Western Equatorial Africa (2005) 2.00 MB
Regional Action Plan for the Conservation of the Cross River Gorilla (2007) 2.50 MB
Indonesian Orangutan National Action Plan 2007-2017 (2009) 3.20 MB
Eastern Chimpanzee: Status Survey and Action Plan 2010-2020 (2010) 3.70 MB
Regional Action Plan for the Conservation of the Nigeria-Cameroon Chimpanzee (2011) 2.40 MB
Sabah Orangutan Action Plan 2012–2016 (2011) 13.00 MB
African Great Apes Action Plan 2011–2017 (2011) 3.40 MB
Chimpanzee Conservation Action Plan for Tanzania (2012) Workshop Report 7.40 MB
Western Chimpanzee PHVA for Sierra Leone (2012) 4.30 MB
Bonobo Conservation Strategy (2012) 4.40 MB
Grauer's Gorillas and Eastern Chimpanzees in DRC (2012) 6.90 MB
Revised Regional Action Plan for the Conservation of the Cross River Gorilla (2014) 4.40 MB
Regional Action Plan for Western Lowland Gorillas and Central Chimpanzees 2015–2025
Chimpanzee Conservation Action Plan for Gombe-Mahale Ecosystem Tanzania (2015) 11.70 MB


French PDFs / fichier PDF en français
Plan d'Action Régional des Chimpanzés en Afrique de l'Ouest (2003)
2.30 MB
Chimpanzés d'Afrique de l'Ouest: Plan d'Action (2004) 7.70 MB
Plan d'Action Régional des Chimpanzés et des Gorilles en Afrique Centrale (2005) 3.00 MB
Chimpanzé de Schweinfurth : État de conservation de l’espèce et plan d’action 2010–2020 3.70 MB
Plan d’action régional pour la conservation du chimpanzé du Nigeria-Cameroun (2011) 3.20 MB
Bonobo Stratégie de Conservation (2012) 3.80 MB
Gorille de Grauer et Chimpanzé à l'est de la RDC (2012) 6.40 MB
Plan d’action pour la conservation des gorilles de plaine de l’Ouest et des chimpanzés 2015–2025 3.20 MB


Related documents and webpages

The impact of the first great ape Action Plan was assessed in 2008 and you can download the report by Rebecca Kormos here.

Additional information related to the Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee action plan is available here, with population size estimates here.

Additional information related to the bonobo conservation strategy is available here.

Additional information on great ape conservation in Western Equatorial Africa is available here.

To request copies of the Action Plans published by the Primate Specialist Group, please contact Jill Lucena at