NAIROBI, Kenya, 7 November 2017 (Space for Giants, Stop Ivory, The ICCF Group) – A series of guides published today advise African authorities how they can further strengthen efforts to prosecute crimes that damage natural environments and dent national economies.
PRESS RELEASE: Businesses, philanthropists, and financiers laud Uganda conservation finance forum as serious investment discussions begin
KAMPALA, 11 October 2017 – Leading global tourism firms are preparing detailed discussions about new deals to drive private sector profit to protect Uganda’s wildernesses following a hugely successful conservation finance forum.
NAIROBI, 25 AUGUST 2017 – The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) plans to increase the number of specialist wildlife crime prosecutors in a new unit that will be joined by a leading authority in international criminal networks and the illegal wildlife trade.
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NAIROBI, 21 August, 2017 – A world-first competition launching today turns everyone with a smartphone into a wildlife photographer wherever they are, bringing ferocious fun to funding conservation and giving players a chance to win a safari to Africa.
GABORONE, 18 AUGUST 2017 – Poachers face significantly strengthened legal action with the adoption of an innovative new ‘Rapid Reference Guide’ designed to support Botswana’s judiciary as it fights wildlife crime.
Responsible international businesses given a unique opportunity to bring economic and ecological benefits to Uganda’s protected areas
Threats to Africa’s elephants grow despite momentum against poaching, Space for Giants says as Botswana announces it will host Giants Club Summit 2018
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.
Aviva Premiership trophy to be taken to the summit of Mount Kenya by champion rugby players to raise funds for elephant conservation
Five Saracens players will be climbing 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 elephant conservation charity, Space for Giants. Saracens, who are based in North London, are the reigning champions of the Aviva Premiership and the current holders of the European Rugby Champions Cup.
Former Namibia captain and Saracens flanker, Jacques Burger, who has recently retired from professional rugby, will be flying over Mount Kenya on the 11th June as the players reach the summit at close to 5,000 meters. The other Saracens players involved in the climb include Jim Hamilton, Mike Ellery, Rhys Gill, Nils Mordt and Ben Ransom.
“This is an opportunity for me to make a difference in my country and Africa as a whole, protecting something I feel strongly about. Nature is a part of who I am and I want my kids to be able to see wild elephants for themselves when they’re grown up,” said Burger. “The biggest challenge in protecting elephants is combating the poaching crisis and we need to address this urgently.”
Max Graham, CEO of Space for Giants, added “this is about the ‘giants of rugby’ protecting the ‘giants of Africa’. Having these formidable and inspiring players take on the challenge of climbing one of the highest mountains in the world, carrying a symbol of their recent achievement, takes us one step closer to achieving our goal – a world where elephants and the landscapes they depend on are protected forever.”
In April, Space for Giants hosted the Giants Club Summit in partnership with the Kenyan Government. The aim was to bring together African heads of state, business leaders, key influencers and conservation experts for the purpose of ensuring a future for elephants and the landscapes they depend on, forever. The summit was an historic moment in the world of global conservation with four Giants Club Presidents of Kenya, Gabon, Uganda and Botswana announcing major conservation interventions for the protection and management of their elephants.
Funds raised from the climb will go towards implementing these conservation interventions, which include the protection of elephants in the wild, the management of human-elephant conflict, and smart new ways to fund the maintenance of key elephant refuges – a ‘toolkit’ of methods pioneered by Space for Giants alongside partner organisations.
“Our aim is to unite many otherwise separate groups of people who together can accelerate progress in protecting Africa’s remaining elephants,” said Graham. “We need key influencers, such as these world-class rugby players, to see what we are doing and why, and then to spread the word about what they’ve learned to their followers. We are incredibly grateful to Saracens and the players for their support.”
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The Giants Club is an exclusive forum that brings together African Heads of State, global business leaders, and elephant protection experts to secure Africa’s remaining elephant populations and the landscapes they depend on. It was established by Space for Giants and its founding members are the Presidents of Kenya, Gabon, Botswana, and Uganda and Evgeny Lebedev, the owner of the ESI media group www.spaceforgiants.org/giantsclub
Space for Giants is an international conservation charity with more than a decade of experience facilitating the conservation and management of African elephants. Headquartered in Kenya, the charity focuses on developing and implementing front-line anti-poaching initiatives, securing protected landscapes for elephants, tackling human- wildlife conflict, providing local training and education for the next generation of conservationists and raising international awareness of the threats facing elephants today. “It is our mission to secure a future with elephants and the natural landscapes they depend on, for people, forever”: Max Graham, CEO, Space for Giants www.spaceforgiants.org
Saracens are the current Aviva Premiership and European Champions and are based at Allianz Park in North London. For more information please visit www.saracens.com