The Giants Club, is a conservation initiative supported by the Independent and Evening Standard, announced it would stage Africa’s first Conservation and Tourism Investment Forum on 6th October 2017. This event aims to raise vital funds to support and protect Uganda’s wildlife and landscapes long term
The event, which will be held here in Uganda, would be a unique opportunity to harness the financial muscle of the world’s leading hotel and lodge operators to raise vital funds to support and protect Uganda’s wildlife.
Uganda has Africa’s fastest growing elephant population but, with urgent development needs and limited budgets, the country lacks adequate financial resources to fully support its conservation requirements.
“The Forum is aimed at launching a new initiative to attract tourism into Uganda, to make it a destination for high-end paying clients, and secure long-term sources of funding for the protection and maintenance of Uganda’s Protected Area network while delivering economic growth.”
The event follows the inaugural Giants Club summit held in Kenya last year which saw £3.8 million committed to conservation and was followed by the burning of Kenya’s stockpile of seized ivory, drawing international media attention.
The Giants Club unites African heads of state, conservation experts, philanthropists and global companies in order to work towards its mission of protecting half of Africa’s elephants by 2020.