Global Association for People and the Environment (GAPE) is a social and environmental purpose non-profit organization, with registration in Canada, established in 1999 and working primarily in southern Laos.
- Assisting people in developing their own potential in an ecologically sensitive and socially just manner;
- Implementing and coordinating community development and environmental conservation programs;
- Facilitating people-centred learning through supporting community based education programs, with an emphasis on ecological issues.
Rural communities live comfortably in harmony with nature and their neighbours. They have control over their resources and are able to make informed decisions so that the resources are managed sustainably and in an environmentally sensitive manner. The rights of indigenous people are observed and their cultures preserved.