The illegal killing of elephants and the trade in their ivory is out of control across Africa, undermining ecosystem integrity, economic development and the rule of law. In the last three years 100,000 elephants have been killed to supply ivory to illegal markets in Asia. At current rates,African elephants could disappear from the wild in our lifetime.
The Giants Club
The Giants Club was founded by President Kenyatta with the presidents of Botswana, Gabon and Uganda, with support from Space for Giants and its patron, Evgeny Lebedev, the owner of The Independent and London Evening Standard newspapers. Its objective is to combat the poaching crisis by bringing together leaders of African elephant-range states, enlightened heads of major businesses operating in Africa, and leading elephant-protection experts, to provide the political will, financial resources and technical capacity that are so urgently required to save Africa’s remaining elephant populations. Working in support of the Elephant Protection Initiative (EPI) and the African Elephant Action Plan (AEAP), our goal is to effectively protect at least 50% of the continental total – by 2020.
Space for Giants
Space for Giants is an international charity at the forefront of efforts to combat the elephant poaching crisis in Africa. With funds raised through The Independent and Evening Standard newspaper group’s Elephant Appeal in December 2013, Space for Giants was able to invest in building capacity among wildlife security personnel and within the judiciary in north Kenya. This successfully reduced the illegal killing of elephants by 74% in a single year, stabilising one of East Africa’s largest free ranging populations. In addition, in 2014 Space for Giants, with its partner The Nature Conservancy, helped to create a 56,000 acre wildlife conservancy providing a platform for conservation work and livelihood development across the 10,000 square kilometres of the Laikipia ecosystem in Kenya. This was the largest single conservation transaction in East Africa of that year.
There is an urgent need to scale up this conservation model so that other critically threatened elephant populations in other range states can be protected. It is for this reason that Space for Giants founded The Giants Club.
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