Published Date December 2018
Author(s) Space for Giants
Full Paper: 2018 Impact Report (opens in new window)
From the CEO’s Welcome Note:
We know that the threats to elephants and their landscapes are complex. The response must be equally multi-faceted. We combine robust frontline protection, stronger legal action, and reduce the costs to local people of living with wildlife. This protects elephants and their habitat. At the same time, we bring new investment to conservation landscapes to generate sustainable revenue and benefit local people, while producing research to inform our work, and running campaigns and raising awareness to win new supporters. This increases the value of elephants and their habitat.
This combined approach is unique. In the part of Kenya where we piloted it, we helped reduce elephant poaching by 84%, increase wildlife crime convictions by 250%, cut human-wildlife conflict, protect more than half a million acres of land for conservation, and bring stories of conservation to millions more people in Africa and beyond. Our strategy is to scale up this proven integrated approach to the major elephant landscapes across Africa we have targeted for conservation. This we are doing through the platform provided by the Giants Club, a unique forum that mobilises political, technical, social and financial capital towards the goal of protecting at least half of Africa’s elephants and the landscapes they depend on.
Reading through this Impact Report, I feel a sense of wonder and amazement at all that has been achieved in a single calendar year. I hope that you are as encouraged as I am by these accomplishments. This is down to the brilliance of the entire Space for Giants team and the commitment of our loyal herd of supporters and partners. But as we move into four more African countries, we are entering uncharted territory and are facing new challenges. I am confident that with your continued support, we will succeed.