Both thrusts clearly indicate human initiated and managed activities focussing on the realistic conservation of our natural and wildlife heritage.
With the first principle, SAHGCA understands that:
- it shares the common responsibility for the management of sustainable use with all other sectors;
- conservation inherently implies equity in sharing all the advantages of sustainable use, and;
- the responsible practice of hunting is a key building block of conservation
- as an integral part of responsible and sustainable use.
With the second principle, SAHGCA understands that:
- conservation cannot be concentrated on threatened and endangered species alone;
- conservation must be focused on populations of species, and;
- conservation activities must begin with habitat as the most important component thereof.
In order for hunting to maintain a position of relevance in conservation, hunting has to address and make a contribution to alleviate at least some of the more relevant socio-economic and socio-¬political issues perceived to be related to hunting as such, and to the hunting industry as a whole. In this context the following more important conservation related issues around which conservation activities are focussed are identified as:
- Effecting biodiversity conservation through sustainable use;
- Effecting equity in benefit sharing accrued through hunting;
- Effecting appropriate and relevant skills transfer and training (appropriate guides and hospitality training), and;
- Effecting transformation in the hunting industry.