Southern Africa meets resistance to proposals on communities and wildlife trade
Countries in the Southern African Development Council (SADC) are pushing
to incorporate rural communities and their livelihoods in decisions about the
international trade of wildlife.
While they have met resistance to their proposals from other countries, SADC
governments have showcased how working alongside their communities can
achieve conservation and sustainable development goals.
Community representatives from Southern Africa who attended CITES made
interventions in support of their governments’ position.
In an article published in the Zimbabwe newspaper, The Chronicle, Emmanuel Koro examines the how Mozambique’s return to international hunting after the 1977-1992 civil war has become an international hunting model with a promising future.
“We depend on generating income from elephant hunting which we invest back into the conservation of the species. If we stop hunting elephants, poaching will rise because the conservancy will not have any income to contribute the livelihood of its community.