Park Talk looks at thorny topic of trophy hunting in communal conservancies
The Franco Namibian Cultural Centre is hosting a Park Talk this Thursday 05 October at 18:00. The Park Talk in collaboration with the Namibia Nature Foundation will address the issue of repositioning hunting, particularly trophy hunting in Namibia’s communal conservancies. The talk is open to the public for questions and debate.
According to the organisers, in a Namibian context, the compatibility between hunting, conservation and the biodiversity economy should be fairly obvious, but it must be recognised that there are enormous international pressures on hunting, particularly trophy hunting.
Therefore in response to this and the potential impact on Namibia’s Community Based Natural Resource Management Programme, the Namibian Nature Foundation worked with Sorris Sorris Conservancy and a wide range of partners, to look at ways of promoting conservancy hunting.
Through its Fund for Local Cooperation the Finnish Embassy in Namibia provided funding to this initiative and facilitated links to the Finnish market, where this type of local level meat hunting forms part of the national hunting culture.
The programme has also contributed to a much larger initiative led by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism to reposition hunting and keep it as a relevant tool for conservation and development.