Conservation is a form of land use; hunting is an activity giving value to wildlife

This article gives some real information on the value that hunting delivers to conservation in general and rural regions specifically. The financial value of this kind of activity is very clearly explained and supports the overall benefit of conservation as a land use protecting ecosystem services. In Africa today the loss of habitat, loss of wildlife due to poaching is of immediate threat. Once it is gone it will never come back.

The emotional outburst to the Cecil incident is astonishing considering the dramatic increase in the threat to wild life in rural areas of Africa. The use of satellite imaging gives real indications of change through activities such as agriculture and deforestation through logging as well as the uncontrolled growth in destructive land use activities that arrives with presence of roads and access such as bush meat poaching.

Hunting by giving value can counter these forces and allow rural communities some benefit.

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