In this in-depth analysis, Yale Environment 360 author Adam Welz sheds light on the captive bred lion “industry”. Welz says that an estimated 7,000 to 14,000 lions are held in captivity in South Africa. The big-maned males are entering the ‘canned shooting’ circus. Increasingly, the surplus lions are slaughtered for their bones and other body parts, many of which are sold in Asia for their purported — and scientifically discredited — health benefits …”
Wildlife conservation that uses community partnerships is working for people and threatened species across Africa, write Fred Nelson and Rosie Cooney of IUCN’s Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group. An expanding array of local conservancies and other community-based models are delivering results and showing the potential to integrate conservation with local livelihoods and national economic interests. No country embodies these tenets better than Namibia, where innovative models for conservation developed over the past 30 years have restored wildlife on a remarkable scale. Namibia’s wildlife laws enable local communities to create conservancies, which give communities rights over wildlife use and management in their area. This provides the basis for these conservancies to enter into agreements with tourism or trophy hunting operators, which pay the conservancies directly through joint ventures or concession lease arrangements.
Doctari Kevin Robertson gives a thoughtful yet passionate insight into lion hunting in “LIONS, CONSERVATION AND COMMON SENSE OR THE LACK THEREOF…” definitely worth reading … and the photographs are just as fascinating. Other articles in this issue may also be of interest.
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The regional Central Asia SULi group organized the meeting “Achieving conservation goals through community benefits and empowerment” in Kyrgyzstan in September 2018 to promote information exchange, coordination, thinking, and peer learning and to bring the voice of local communities to international discussion.
The participants developed the Chunkurchak Recommendations on Community-based Wildlife Management in the Broader Central Asian Region, available in English and Russian