Wildlife: Can It Pay Its Way Or Must It Be Subsidized?
by Dr. Rolf D. Baldus, President, CIC Tropical Game Commission



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Abstract
Conservation of biodiversity is desirable for a variety of ecological, economic and other reasons. Whereas economics do not necessarily rank top of the list, the neglect thereof will inevitably lead to the failure of achieving conservation objectives. If wildlife and protected areas do not contribute to poverty reduction but instead limit available resources which otherwise could be used to alleviate poverty, then their conservation has no political future. They will not be able to compete with other forms of land use. Sustainable financing should mainly be self-generated, as wildlife is a productive renewable resource. Permanent subsidies by outside sources should remain the option only in well-justified individual cases when all other income-generating possibilities have been exhausted.

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