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How Hunting is a Benefit to Conservation

How is hunting a benefit to conservation? The CEO of the Namibia Chamber of Environment, Dr. Chris Brown, joined us in studio to explain the facts and the stats around hunting and conservation. Dr. Brown explains here how hunting and tourism can be key partners for conservation.

“From the animal rights side, they are more interested in the welfare of an individual animal rather than the welfare of a species or ecosystems or long term conservation. Now many of them think that if you protect an individual animal or a group of animals, you’re actually protecting the species and you’re actually protecting and furthering the role of conservation, they are quite wrong.”

In this episode of the MYD Earth Show, we speak to Dr. Chris Brown, the CEO of the Namibia Chamber of Environment.

“The biggest threat to conservation globally, and in Namibia, is transformation of the land. Changing the land from indigenous vegetation to agricultural farming systems. That accounts for some 90% of all the biodiversity loss in the world. So if one is in a situation where one can create more wealth form the land through the use of indigenous biodiversity, our wildlife and keep our natural habitats, then we’ve got markets working on our side to combat land transformation and degradation.”

In this MYD Earth podcast we find out:

  • Defining trophy hunting as the legal, ethical hunting of indigenous wildlife within sustainably managed populations.
  • How animals populations have been decimated in the past when there was little to no value placed on wildlife and how this changed when a new approach to wildlife management was introduced.
  • How if Namibia had adopted a anti-sustainable use approach to wildlife management, it is estimated we would have just 8% of our present wildlife herd, as countries in Africa that have adopted an anti-hunting approach have seen.
  • Why there is a misconception about hunting and how ethical hunting has been proven to be effective way to conserve natural habitat and wildlife.

Take a listen to the MYD Earth Show with Dr. Chris Brown, here :