In 2019, Space for Giants doubled the number of countries where we operated with a major new programme in southern Africa. There, as everywhere, we deploy the same proven integrated approach.
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From the CEO’s Welcome Note:
It’s obvious that 2019 was the year that climate activism forced its way across the airwaves, into boardrooms, and onto agendas at global summits. No-one can today say they are unaware of the dangers to people and planet of ‘business as usual’, of unsustainably exploiting nature’s resources. At Space for Giants, we increasingly focus on proving that there is another path, one that matches development with sound ecological stewardship.
Nature-based businesses can conserve environments while increasing employment, boosting economies, and paying taxes. They drive benefits from conservation to indigenous communities, and help pay to protect Africa’s remaining wild natural places without draining precious funds from under-resourced governments. Our Conservation and Tourism Investment Initiatives – well underway in Uganda, and this year expanding into Gabon and Mozambique – guide governments as they build their wildlife and nature economies.
Those economies rely on natural assets, however: wildlife, and landscapes. Space for Giants has always been about protecting those. We continue to lessen the costs people face by living close to wild animals, making wildlife less of a cost while proving it can be a reward. We adapt the tactics of counter-terrorism to wildlife crime, to make anti-poaching operations lean and smart. And we ensure that legal action against suspected wildlife criminals is efficient and effective.
We pioneered this integrated approach with our work in Laikipia, Kenya, where we helped cut the number of poached elephants by up to 97% from peaks in 2012. In 2019, we doubled the number of countries where we now work, deploying that same toolkit, to eight. Together, they are home to 85% of Africa’s remaining savannah elephants and 50% of its forest elephants.
As we enter 2020, when species extinction will grab the headlines as climate did in 2019, Space for Giants is uniquely positioned to accelerate its impact, and its growth. We can only succeed thanks to the continued contributions of you, our extraordinary herd of old and new partners and donors – friends – and we look forward to your ongoing enthusiasm and support as we enter this critically-important decade.