In Zimbabwe, for example, the "Campfire Program," one of the first community-based wildlife programs, was extremely successful until bad government policies ruined the economy as well as wildlife. Recently, Namibian conservancies have increased the game on communal land through hunting tourism. And in Pakistan, the formerly endangered markhor has increased from just a few hundred animals to several thousand as a result of trophy hunting. The markhor scheme as well as the Namibian conservancies received the prestigious Markhor Award from the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC) for their successes in conserving wildlife through sustainable hunting. Programs like these also have come to Tajikistan.
A new scheme for Tajikistan
Since 2008 Tajikistan has been establishing game management areas protected by families or associations of local hunters with the support of a nature conservation and development project. Revenues generated from hunting are to support the work of local rangers and nature guides. Any surplus is invested into local development projects. Thus the international hunter will not only experience a memorable hunt, but will also contribute to nature conservation and local progress at the same time.
Game animals for the international hunter
The Asian ibex is distributed from the Altai Mountains of southern Siberia to the Himalayas. The best-known hunting areas for the Central Asian variety with the most spectacular trophies are located in........(continued)