Participating in a panel last week with Glenn Phillips (CEO of the Kruger National Park) and Jane Edge (ex CEO of Fairtrade in Tourism SA) on ‘What can the Tourism Industry do to support Conservation?’.
Start by stopping to view ‘Conservation’ as something delinked from the way you run your business, particularly if you work in the wildlife economy.
‘Conservation’ (or the lack of it) is a by-product of the way a local economy works. If people perceive healthy biodiversity to be relevant to their livelihood they will help to protect it. If they don’t, they won’t.
Photo courtesy of SANParks photographer Masingita Masiya