JOIN THE FIGHT FOR CONSERVATION

11 – 13 MAY 2018 | SPIER HOTEL | STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA

It’s half time in the fight for conservation. So far, the game hasn’t gone our way – even as we speak, entire species are in danger of being lost altogether and the opposition comes at us from all sides.
But it’s not too late to turn things around. We’ve got the players. We’ve got the skills. We just need to regroup, find some self-belief and work together to win Africa’s conservation challenges.

Enter the Conservation Lab. 2018 will see the third edition of the progressive two-day un-conference* from Beyond Luxury Media. This invitation-only event builds bridges between up to 150 leaders from the key sectors of conservation, travel, technology, behavioral sciences, philanthropy and government, under optimal conditions for creative thinking and collaborative innovation. There will be no bystanders; only active participants – all those invited will be expected to contribute to the discussion with the aim of igniting conservation efforts.

Because if we come together as a team, we can fight our way back.

WHO’S INVITED?

We’re calling on the sharpest minds in conservation, travel, technology, behavioral sciences, philanthropy, government and community to share ideas, pool resources and expertise, and gather intelligent insights that lead to informed decisions and more effective action.

WHAT’S THE AIM?

At the end of the two-day event, participants will return to their respective fields with fresh tactics, renewed energy, and a whole new network of contacts to help overcome their individual conservation challenges and generate significant change.

WHAT’S THE FORMAT?

100% un-conference! We’re mixing things up with 4-minute timed talks, group presentations, freeform debates, interactive dining, late night cinema, networking campfires and more in order to spark real innovation and foster meaningful connections.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

We’re hosting collaborative group sessions and interactive workshops designed and led by you, the participants, to create a democratic forum for productivity and creativity.

WHERE IS IT?

We’re playing host at the 4* Spier Hotel, set on one of the continent’s oldest wine farms, in picturesque Stellenbosh – the inspirational centre of South Africa’s innovation hub.

*UN-CONFERENCE

 

At the Conservation Lab un-conference, everyone is created equal. Designed by you, the players, the agenda will feature open discussions and collaborative workshops, rather than keynote speakers; anyone who wants to initiate a discussion can (and should). Democratic yet at times anarchic, the Conservation Lab un-conference is a productive, creative forum that brings together experts from in and around the conservation world to work as a team towards a common goal: to win the conservation game.

CONTRIBUTION

Standard rate: from £999
We Are Africa members: from £799

In addition to taking your place at the centre of the action, your ticket includes two nights’ accommodation, morning adventures, two breakfasts, one lunch and two dinners. Plus, you’ll have full access to one of Africa’s oldest wine farms – after all, the team that eats (and drinks) together, stays together!

All profits from the Conservation Lab will be reinvested into the next event.

WHAT WE LEARNED

Here’s what some of the participants at our previous editions had to say about what they learned:

Camilla Rhodes

“There is a fine line to tread with community-led conservation. The impacts to communities need to be tangible and the understanding of benefits from protected areas & their wildlife inherent.”
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Camilla Rhodes - Abercrombie & Kent Philathropy Coordinator in Zambia

Beks Ndlovu

“There is a clear need for the industry at large to be more coordinated in our efforts to tackle the conservation issues that plague not only Africa, but the world at large. Without cohesive and well-coordinated attitudes, we are in for a hiding and a great loss.”
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Beks Ndlovu - CEO African Bush Camps

Ralf Buckley

“The role of tourism in conservation deserves greater recognition by governments and large NGOs such as IUCN.  The 2014 World Parks Congress barely acknowledged it, even though it is key to reaching the Aichi Targets for global conservation.”
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Ralf Buckley - International Chair in Ecotourism Research at Griffith University

Rob Moffett

“The challenge is to figure out options to improve economic returns to Governments, Communities and other land owners that will maintain the incentives that compel them to commit land to conservation-based (least harmful) use.”
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Rob Moffett - Managing Director at Ongava Game Reserve (PTY) Ltd

Les Carlisle

“Congratulations on revolutionising the traditional conference with this ground-breaking ‘un-conference’ format. Certainly for me, it achieved real networking engagement and dialogue opportunities. Well done to all involved.”
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Les Carlisle - andBeyond's Group Conservation Manager and Rhinos Without Borders' Project Manager

JOIN THE FIGHT FOR CONSERVATION

11 – 13 MAY 2018 | SPIER HOTEL | STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA

WHERE IT’S AT

SPIER HOTEL

One of the oldest wine farms in Africa and a leader in sustainability.

STELLENBOSCH

South Africa’s innovation hub and answer to Silicon Valley, situated 35 minutes from Cape Town.

TOGETHER

The perfect location for the Conservation Lab 2018.

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CL Admin | 22, September

Dr Helga Rainer from Arcus Foundation shares the key insights she gained at the Conservation Lab 2017.

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Anton Crone | 28, August

‘Conservation is war’ is a sentiment we often hear these days – and perhaps many readers will agree. But is it a war, or is it wishful thinking on behalf of those who want a decisive end to poaching? And if it is a war, do we really know who the enemy is?

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Anton Crone | 17, August

Anton Crone investigates the success of virtual fences in keeping elephants a safe distance from crops and people – saving human and elephant lives in the process.

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Olivia Squire | 10, August

Watch an impressive collection of innovators, inventors and well-meaning philanthropists working together to push things forward at the Conservation Lab 2017.

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CL Admin | 01, August

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TALKING COMMUNITIES AND CONSERVATION WITH CHRISTABELLE PEECH
Katie Palmer | 23, June

The subject of how to successfully and sensitively integrate local communities into conservation efforts was a recurring theme at the 2017 Conservation Lab. We caught up with Christabelle Peech, who works on behalf of The Hide Community Trust, The Hide Safari Camp and Hwange National Park, to get her take.

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