POACHING SERIOUSLY THREATENS AFRICA’S TOURISM AND ECONOMY

Cecilia Garland - Mar 9, 2015
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Poaching and illegal wildlife trade pose a serious threat to the economic development of Africa and its tourism potential.

One of the most important tourist segments in Africa is wildlife watching, according to a new study released UNWTO. To support the international projects to address the problem of poaching, which has reached unprecedented proportions, and strengthen the role of tourism in the fight against such crimes, UNWTO is leading the efforts to deepen the understanding of the economic value of wildlife watching tourism in Africa.

According to UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai poaching is not only destroying valuable ecosystems, but also poses a serious threat to socio-economic development. Biodiversity loss is directly linked to the loss of development opportunities in the African tourism industry, which provides a livelihood for millions of people.

Wildlife watching represents 80% of total annual sales of trips to Africa, safari being the most popular product. Animals threatened by poaching, such as elephants and rhinos, are part of some of the most popular wildlife watching tours.

The study also provides new findings on the economic significance of this type of tourism. In addition to generating a crucial income for protected areas, through entrance fees, a typical wildlife watching tour costs on average USD433 and generates additional USD55 per day per person in costs. In addition, the tours often include services that are contracted locally, such as accommodation, transport, guides and cultural shows, all of which create significant employment opportunities for the local population.

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  1. yes, it all starts at the top. The governments can stop this with zero tolerance, but of course this is not in their interest and so it will continue until there is nothing left.

    Nigel are you ex jw that pioneered in pretoria in the \'70\'s and then had to leave? Just curios, your name is very familiar.

    Trace Jon (USA)
  2. Until demand is halted by closing all trade in this ( and rhino, pangolin, tiger, shark fin.. etc etc) this will continue to all of their extinctions as African Government's bloody hands are in the trade and they just want to get richer

    Nigel (United Kingdom)

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