How can local communities continue to benefit from wildlife if neither tourism nor trophy hunting is a viable option? Over the past 30 years, tourism has funded conservation activities in many countries, especially in the wildlife-rich countries in Africa. Photographic tourism and trophy hunting have provided significant benefits to rural communities that share their land with wildlife.
However, all forms of tourism are highly vulnerable to social, economic or political instability and changes in the international market. The shock to the tourism sector caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted the vulnerability of a conservation model based primarily on tourism.
To prepare for a future in which communities might no longer be able to derive benefits from tourism, several partners seek to identify, incubate and promote innovative ways of providing communities with income from wildlife, while managing their natural resources sustainably and improving their collective wellbeing.
For this initiative, the Luc Hoffmann Institute partnered with the World Wide Fund for Nature and the African Leadership University's School of Wildlife Conservation.