Space for Giants is on an extraordinary path of growth, positioning us as one of the leading conservation organisations dedicated to elephants, and their landscapes. The past two years have been momentous: the poaching crisis has slowed in some areas, and surged in others; China has banned its domestic ivory trade; the smart thinking on preserving elephant landscapes that we helped to pioneer is expanding. Read here how we have been central to major developments, and how we plan to shape strategy in the critical years ahead.
Space for Giants has helped a Kenyan court convict a man found illegally with ivory after tracking down a key witness whose lack of testimony was delaying the prosecution.
In a world first for conservation campaigners, Space for Giants has launched a global campaign to build a ‘herd’ of digital elephants to march across the globe to help secure the future for the world’s largest mammal.
In December The Duke of Cambridge (pictured above with Space for Giants CEO Dr Max Graham) was guest of honour at our Giants Club Dinner at Kensington Palace.
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.