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… about sustainable use, CBNRM, indigenous peoples and local community rights, and what is Resource Africa’s role in local communities rights-advocacy work, how COVID19 has affected rural communities in southern Africa and more… 

For further information, please click to read the Resource Africa Policy Document: HUMAN RIGHTS AND SUSTAINABLE USE OF BIODIVERSITY: An Approach for People-Centred and Nature-Positive Outcomes

Some Facts:

  • In African countries where trophy hunting takes place, it is estimated that over 1.4 million square kilometres of land is conserved as natural habitat. This is more land than is conserved within national parks and other state-protected areas (Lindsey, et al. 2007).
  • Several species, including lions, fare worst in areas where there is no photo-tourism or trophy hunting and unregulated killing can be more prevalent than in hunting zones, leading to serious repercussions for conservation and animal welfare (Redpath, et al. 2015).
  • The value of trophy hunting for South Africa’s economy exceeds $340 million annually and supports more than 17,000 jobs (Saayman et al, 2018).
  • In Namibia, the revenues generated by trophy hunting of elephants and rhinos support over 40 communal conservancies. Simulations show that a hunting ban would result in significant negative impacts on both local people and wildlife, with large areas likely to be lost to conservation (Naidoo et al 2016).