The wildlife economy offers a key growth opportunity for Africa given the comparative advantage of the wildlife economy in the African context as local livelihoods and macro-economies are heavily tied to, and reliant on, wildlife and other natural resources. Given the importance of the wildlife economy to future sustainable growth and development in Africa, this is a topic that African policymakers, conservationists, communities and private investors alike should all be interested in.
The aim of this report is to illustrate the current and potential value of the wildlife economy to local and national economies and, through this, to encourage more public and private investments in natural landscapes to improve conservation outcomes and support economic development. Following on from this report will be further country case studies and reports which will focus on different aspects of the wildlife economy, including a report on guidance for policymakers, drawing on the information in this report highlighting the policy and reforms that have successfully enabled the wildlife economy in various countries.
The full report can be found here: https://bit.ly/SOWC-AWER.
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“Research on the wildlife economy and tourism is incredibly important, because it helps us to better understand the economic effects of the tourism value chain for conservation areas, local communities and for nations as a whole. By appreciating how things were before the COVID-19 pandemic, what it has been reduced to, and pragmatic strategies for recovery, we can work out how to establish more resilient and sustainable systems in the future.”Dr Anna Spenceley, Chair, IUCN WCPA Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group; Board member Global Sustainable Tourism Council; Advisory Panel member, Travalyst