The Inaugural Giants Club Summit 2016 Supported by the Ministry of Tourism
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.
What we achieved
From the 28th-30th April a historic moment in the world of global conservation was achieved when three African heads of state, 98 business leaders, key influencers and conservation experts were brought together for the purpose of ensuring a future for elephants and the landscapes they depend on, forever.
The vision for the Summit was to secure commitments from all four Giants Club nations, Kenya, Botswana, The Gabon and Uganda towards the protection and management of their elephant populations. The Summit also sought to secure the recruitment of a small, potent Giants Club membership base to fund these interventions. All of these elements were achieved as follows:
1. Political Will: The four Giants Club Presidents of Kenya, Gabon, Uganda and Botswana announced major conservation interventions for the protection and management of their elephants in support of the Elephant Protection Initiative. Details of interventions announced by each country include:
• Gabon plans to double staff at its National Parks Agency from 750 to 1,500
• Uganda intends to construct an electrified fence around Murchison Falls
National Park to reduce incidents of human‐elephant conflict
• Botswana will form an intelligence‐led special operations unit to support wildlife rangers
• Kenya will launch a National Conservation Endowment Fund, whose profits will fund conservation
2. Technical capacity: These conservation interventions center on 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. They include new rapid reaction ranger units, support for strengthening prosecutions, electrified fences, and conservation investment strategies – a ‘toolkit’ of methods pioneered by Space for Giants alongside partner organizations.
3. Financial Resources: Financiers and donors pledged more than $5 million in funding to support the implementation of these new conservation interventions.
4. Key influencers: In total, over 200 delegates attended including African governments, senior delegations from the US, Europe, China, Russia, the UN, leading financiers and philanthropists, conservation experts, as well as celebrity influencers including Sir Elton John, Lupita Nyongo and Bear Grylls. The Summit was attended by 120 media generating broadcast, online and print exposure reaching a global audience in excess of 853 million people. Social media interactions reached over 1 million people.
Together, the Giants Club member states are home to more than half of Africa’s remaining savannah elephants, and three quarters of its remaining forest elephants. Actions agreed at the Summit will give these populations the greatest chance to thrive for generations to come.
“What we experienced at the Giants Club Summit is the start of an African conservation revolution,” says Max Graham, CEO of Space for Giants. “We have always said that what is key to better protection of elephants and their landscapes, and to ending the illegal wildlife trade, is greater political will from Africa’s leaders and during the Summit we saw the clearest possible demonstrations of that commitment. We have also seen substantial financial commitments being made, which will allow the Giants to achieve what they have set out to do.”
We would like to thank the Giants Club member states, speakers, panelists, delegates, sponsors, partner organisations and all those who are so kindly backing our vision and helping to ensure a future for elephants, forever. The success of the inaugural Giants Club Summit would not have been possible without your support.
To watch highlights from the Giants Club Summit 2016 click below:
To watch the Official opening of the summit by President Kenyatta click below:
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To read the full Giants Club Summit Brochure please go to:Giants Club Summit Brochure
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The Giants Club was founded by President Kenyatta with the presidents of Botswana, Gabon, Kenya and Uganda, with support from Space for Giants and its patron, Evgeny Lebedev, the owner of The Independent and London Evening Standard newspapers. The body was formed to combat the poaching crisis by bringing together visionary leaders who can work together to provide the political will, financial resources and technical capacity required to protect Africa’s remaining elephant populations.