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Sustainable Use Conservation Hunting and eco-tourism creates clear incentives to adopt wildlife mana

Conservation Hunting creates clear incentives to adopt wildlife management as an ecotourism land use.

Conservation Hunting

Conservation hunting promotes the protection of free-roaming, indigenous wildlife and its natural habitat.



Credit: Helge Denker - Conservation Namibia (

Conservation Hunting has the following verifiable prerequisites and outcomes:

  • It is governed by a national legal framework with clear systems of controls and reporting requirements.

  • It meets all CITES and IUCN species conservation criteria.

  • It targets only free-roaming, indigenous species in natural habitats large enough to ensure healthy population dynamics.

  • Wildlife population trends in the greater landscape are closely monitored and off-takes are adapted as needed to ensure the population health of all targeted species.

  • Off-takes are sustainable, based on species-specific, scientifically-accepted annual quotas for the hunted population.

  • It promotes the natural diversity of all indigenous fauna and flora in the hunting area.

  • It safeguards wildlife habitat (the hunting area) against destructive land uses.

  • A major portion of generated income goes back to the land holders and is spent on the conservation and human development needs of the hunting area.

  • It employs local people to carry out conservation activities in the hunting area, including wildlife monitoring and anti-poaching activities.

  • It mitigates human-wildlife conflict amongst local communities if these occur in, or adjacent to, the hunting area.

Through these criteria, conservation hunting creates clear incentives to adopt wildlife management as a land use.

Maasai tribe people of East Africa, with cattle herd on cultivated ground, in balance with Tanzania hunting concession.
Hunter of horseback, carrying ibex heads, sustainably harvested from a community based, conservation hunting concession.
Namibian bushman hunting in conservation area, promoting biodiversity net gain and mitigating human-wildlife conflict.
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