Space for Giants
Space for Giants, a non-profit conservation organisation protecting Africa’s remaining natural ecosystems and the large wild animals they contain, has been examining conservation finance and looking for ways to diversify the sources of their funding. They enlisted us to investigate natural capital opportunities within several protected areas in countries where they work.
Space for Giants is headquartered in Kenya, works in ten countries in Africa. A registered charity in the UK and non-profit in the US, it is an international conservation organisation that protects Africa’s remaining natural ecosystems and the large wild animals they contain, while bringing major social and economic value to local communities and national governments.. They partnered with us to understand the opportunities for the development of carbon sequestration projects within several protected areas in countries where they work.
We carried out pre-feasibility studies for Space for Giants, which involved providing desk-based analysis of the ecological, legal and financial viability of several potential carbon project developments. Our work, carried out using remote GIS analysis, examined fire cycles and fire management as well as agricultural activities within different protected areas, and provided recommendations for possible carbon sequestration methods.
The results of our studies are being used to investigate the adoption of carbon credits to transition Space for Giant’s source of funding away from a 100% donations-based model towards a mixed-income model, transforming the future of conservation funding. Furthermore, our work on mapping fire cycles within the protected areas is being considered during strategic fire management planning.
“The multidisciplinary approach of BeZero has been instrumental in providing Space for Giants with a clear understanding of the potential carbon value of several protected areas, clearly outlining the ways in which we can turn these opportunities into real, credible carbon projects, underpinned by science and best practice.”
Henry Van Der Does
Manager of Carbon