Community Hunting Program for Asian Ibex and Wild Boar in Tajikistan


Published: April - 2013

In many countries, community-based wildlife management schemes have proven successful at stabilizing wildlife populations. The aim of this approach is to offer revenues derived from tourist hunting to local people and their families. They earn income from the hunters. In exchange the locals refrain from meat hunting and poaching. Visiting hunters pay more for a trophy than the local poacher gets from just selling the meat, and the meat is mostly left with the communities anyway, as the foreign hunter only takes the trophy. Additionally, hunting creates local jobs for guides and camp staff. As a result, less game is killed, and wildlife populations grow - a win-win for everyone.

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)

 
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