Space for Giants Founder and CEO Dr Max Graham looks back on 2016.
Thank you all for your incredible support during what has been another incredible year for Space for Giants.
Against the tragic background of elephant decline recorded in the Great Elephant Census, we were pleased to see that the survey shows that the North Kenya elephant population, where we and our partners have invested so much effort over the last five years, is stable.
In Uganda President Museveni has established a Council to deliver the Giants Club projects in the country. As well as supporting Space for Giants’ legal experts and conservationists in the delivery of their work, the Council is also supporting the delivery of the first Giants Club Investment Forum.
This landmark initiative to bring in sustainable revenue for Uganda’s protected area network and significant employment for local people. There’ll be an update on the progress of the Investment Forum in early 2017.
Despite the disappointing outcome of the 17th Convention on the International Trade on Endangered Species (CITES) Conference, held in South Africa in September 2016, here is hope for the future, says CEO and Founder of Space for Giants Dr Max Graham.
There were three main outcomes from. that have implications for the future of Africa’s elephants. Here, I briefly summarise what these are and what can be done to ensure elephants have a future post CITES.
STOPPING POACHING AND WILDLIFE TRAFFICKING THROUGH STRENGTHENED CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS, A COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE ICCF GROUP, SPACE FOR GIANTS AND STOP IVORY
The ICCF Group, conservation charity Space for Giants and the Elephant Protection Initiative’s implementation charity Stop Ivory have agreed to work together with host governments to strengthen criminal justice systems in elephant-range states in order to crack down on the illegal wildlife trade.
Gabon’s President Ali Bongo launches Human-Elephant Conflict Mitigation Strategy in his role as a founder of the Giants Club
LIBREVILLE, GABON (9 August 2016) – The President of Gabon, one of the founding members of the Giants Club conservation initiative, today demonstrated his commitment to his people and conservationists globally by officially launching the first elephant fence in Gabon.
In this video, recorded at the Giants Club Summit 2016, Richard Leakey, Chairman of Kenya Wildlife Service, talks about how we can provide effective protection to Africa’s savannah elephants.
Parallel Blue crosses the finishing line 27th in their class in the Round the Island Race after unusually testing conditions
An eight-person crew of Parallel Blue took part in the Round the Island Race, one of the largest yacht races in the world, to raise funds for Space for Giants.
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Star rugby players reach summit of Mount Kenya with the Aviva Premiership trophy to help combat elephant poaching
Five Saracens players reached the summit of Mount Kenya, the second-highest mountain in Africa, carrying the Aviva Premiership trophy, which was won by Saracens this season, in an effort to raise awareness of the poaching crisis and funds for the elephant conservation charity, Space for Giants.
The team, which included Jim Hamilton, Mike Ellery, Rhys Gill, Nils Mordt and Ben Ransom, hiked 50km over 4 days, reaching the summit on the 11th June. All five Saracens players reached the Lenana summit at 4,985m, despite being challenged by the high altitude and difficult terrain.