Africa`s Wildlife is a unique global asset but it is increasingly under threat. wildlife credits is an innovative approach which rewards communities for protecting wildlife and creates opportunities for smart conservation where wildlife thrives and people prosper.
Loss of habitat, conflict with humans, and illegal poaching are some of the factors that threaten the survival of rare and endangered species, including elephants, lions and rhinos.
One of the greatest challenges facing Africa is finding the balance between the integrity of wildlife populations and the land on which they roam and the rights of rural people who share this land. To conserve wildlife for future generations, we need ideas and urgent action.
how it works
In Namibia, the community conservation programme has spearheaded the recovery of many wildlife species on communal land by focusing on rural communities, who can benefit from tourism and sustainable use of wildlife on their land. Wildlife credits takes this a step further, by providing performance payments to communities actively protecting and conserving wildlife and its habitat.
For every sighting of iconic species, such as lions, elephants and rhinos, payments from lodges are paid into a Local Conservation Area Fund that is managed in partnership between the lodge operator and conservancy committee.
These payments are then matched by national and international conservation funds.Individual supporters, including visitors to lodges and other concerned citizens, may also contribute directly to the Local Area Conservation Fund. Financial reports will be submitted on an annual basis.
how you can help
The great thing about Wildlife Credits is that credit can be given by tourists, conservationists, NGO`s, small and big businesses and governments. Whether you are in Namibia or another country, wildlife belongs to us all, and we can all give wildlife a chance by becoming a supporter.
Your donation will be matched and the monies used to support:
- Wildlife management and protection: Management activities focus on reducing conflicts between wildlife and people, and protective measures to combat threats such as poaching.
- Wildlife monitoring and research: Monitoring activities provide estimates of wildlife numbers, movements and population trends, while targeted research provides important additional information.
- Household damage compensation: Damage caused by wildlife can have severe effects on rural livelihoods. Direct compensation mitigates these effects.
-Tolerance of wildlife on community land: Wildlife uses land and grazing that people could use for agriculture. Predators feed on wildlife that could otherwise provide food and income for people. Offsetting these lost opportunities improves wildlife management successes.
With sufficient funding,conflicts between people and wildlife can be minimised and wildlife can be protected against threats such as poaching, and the opportunity costs created by living with wildlife can be offset.
For updates and more information, visit our website: WILDLIFE CREDITS
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