The lessons from this case study (thank you, Paul Tully) are simple and self-evident:
i) ‘Conservation’ starts with local people and their economic inclusion. Ignore this and everyone loses.
ii) ‘Anti-poaching’ interventions are only a small part of the solution: necessary, perhaps, but insufficient and unsustainable.
iii) Poachers are people. Typically, very poor people trying to make ends meet for themselves and their families in a context where there are few if any alternative livelihood options.
iv) Through partnerships and by leveraging supply chains, local communities, businesses, and wildlife can flourish together.
If the wildlife economy fails to generate greater inclusion and shared value, it will perish.
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