While giraffe can ultimately only be saved in the wild in Africa, it is vital to apply a science-based strategy approach to their conservation.
National Giraffe Conservation Strategies and Action Plans
GCF works closely with governments, NGOs and academic partners throughout Africa to secure a sustainable future for all giraffe populations in the wild. Giraffe currently range across 21 countries and isolated ranges in West, Central, Eastern and Southern Africa. Giraffe face different threats throughout their range and conservation approaches need to be tailored to local needs and requirements. GCF continues to support African giraffe range states in the development of National Giraffe Conservation Strategies and Action Plans.
Strategy development starts with collaborative discussions that lead to a targeted workshop involving all national and international stakeholders. In these workshops the participants collate all available information on giraffe in the country or region, also in consideration of the continent-wide context, as well as identify knowledge gaps and threats to giraffe. With the help of an experienced facilitator, priorities for giraffe conservation and associated actions are identified and compiled in a document. While these meetings are hosted by the range state government, GCF plays a valuable role by providing technical and financial support. GCF has and continues to work with several African governments on the development of such National and Regional Giraffe Conservation Strategies and Action Plans. All endorsed plans are available on our website after their official launch.