On 23 May 2022, Resource Africa hosted the first International Conference for
Wildlife Management held in Dortmund, Germany. The theme of the conference was
Africa: Conservation, Human Rights and Sustainable Use.
Leslé Jansen, CEO of Resource Africa South Africa, introduced the topic with a
keynote address. Eight expert panellists from five countries took part in a moderated
discussion focusing on a topic that affects European and African nations – trophy
hunting. Five members of the Dortmund City Council, representing three German
political parties, attended the event as invited guests and were encouraged to pose
questions to the panel.
Three panellists represented the Community Leaders Network of Southern Africa,
which is a collaborative group of community leaders from nine southern African
countries who are closely involved with community-based conservation in the region.
Dr Rodgers Lubilo of Zambia and Siyoka Simasiku of Botswana participated online,
while Maxi Pia Louis of Namibia attended the event in person.
Other experts attending in person were Gail Thomson representing the Namibian
Chamber of Environment, Stefan Michel representing Nature and Biodiversity
Conservation Union Germany, and Professor Sven Herzog of the University of
Dresden. Prof Amy Dickman (University of Oxford) and Dr Dilys Roe (IUCN
Sustainable Livelihoods Specialist Group) joined online from the United Kingdom.
Two professional moderators – Constanze Abratzky and Stefan Robiné – guided the
discussion by reading out statements, posing questions and playing videos from
various sources regarding the topic. Several Dortmund City Council members, people
from the live audience and online attendees posed their own questions throughout the
event. These questions covered the key issues that are often debated around trophy
hunting – wildlife conservation, economic benefits, animal welfare, ethics and
Some of the key messages coming from this event were:
- There is a need for more dialogue between Africans and Europeans about this
topic to foster greater mutual understanding.
- This topic is ultimately about the rights of African communities to their
resources, and they ask for greater respect and understanding from European
decision-makers when considering this matter.
- Despite the on-going debate about trophy hunting, it is not a key threat to any
species and can reduce much greater threats to biodiversity such as habitat
destruction and poaching.
- African and European nations should be seen as equal partners in biodiversity
conservation that can work together on policies that are mutually beneficial
and respectful of differing points of view.
Watch some of the key Q&A snippets from the conference here:
Watch the whole conference in English