Conservation News

Development and implementation of a voluntary, market-based Wildlife Economy Certification Scheme

Draft Concept Note and Roadmap - 30 November 2020

1.    Introduction

The Wildlife Economy is underpinned by complex and multi-faceted agro-ecological farming systems. The primary objective of the wildlife rancher is to run a profitable enterprise across a range of four broad types of activities: 1) game ranching and live sales; 2) hunting (trophy and biltong); 3) game products (including game meat production) and 4) ecotourism. Wildlife ranches are managed along a continuum from more intensive to extensive systems, with some production units also including other agricultural practices and land uses. Open ranched lands may also have wildlife areas with free ranging wildlife populations.


The exceptional biodiversity of South Africa provides a wide range of benefits to the country’s economy, society and human well-being. The sustained benefit flows that nature provides are dependent on functioning ecosystems, healthy species populations and high genetic diversity.

South Africa saw a marked decline in rhino poaching during 2020, with the killing of rhino declining by 33%.

“While the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the battle to beat the Covid-19 pandemic contributed in part to the decrease in rhino poaching in 2020, the role of rangers and security personnel who remained at their posts, and the additional steps taken by government to effectively deal with these and related offences, also played a significant role,” said Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy.

During the various Lockdown Alert Levels in 2020, the movement of alleged poachers and rhino horn smugglers had been curtailed.  Alongside this, the steps to address rhino poaching and wildlife crime across the country had been aligned to both the Integrated Strategic Management of Rhinoceros and the principles set out in the draft National Integrated Strategy to Combat Wildlife Trafficking (NISCWT).

Wildlife Conservation received funding to conduct research and produce the inaugural State of the Wildlife Economy in Africa Report to illustrate the current and potential value of wildlife to economies in Africa and through this to encourage investment in this important economic asset.

The report development process highlighted data gaps that should encourage the collection of robust data related to wildlife economies in order to understand better the vast contribution of wildlife resources to local, national and regional economies.

As ‘n lid van die  IUCN, het die Vereniging bygedra tot voorstelle aan Minister Creecy om ekonomiese herstel post-Covid-19 te bevorder, deur ‘n gesonde en produktiewe omgewing te verseker.


Die rol van wildlewe  gebasseerde toerisme is beklemtoon en daar is gemotiveer dat dit ‘n toelaatbare aktiwiteit word op vlak 3 van inperking, gegewe spesifieke voorwaardes. Die dringendheid van ‘n nasionale wildsvleis strategy is ook beklemtoon. Verskeie ander voorstelle is ook gemaak ter bevordering van die wildlewe ekonomie.


Die Vereniging werk onverpoosd voort om die belange van ons lede en die omgewing voor op te stel gedurende die Covid-19 pandemie. Met die wêreldwye impak van Covid-19, is daar druk van verskeie oorde om alle handel in wildlewe produkte te stop. Dit is egter ondeurdag en kan wesenlike onverwagte negatiewe impakte hê vir natuurlewe en veral kwesbare landelike mense.


SA Jagters en Wildbewaringsvereniging ondersteun ‘n ge-integreerde en holistiese benadering tot die probleem en heelwat meer werk is benodig voordat ons ingeligte langtermyn strategië kan voorstel. Vir die rede, ondersteun SAJWV hierdie ope brief aan die Wêreld Gesondheidsorganisasie en die United Nations Environmental Programme

This year’s theme, Sustaining all life on earth, encompasses all wild animal and plant species as a component of biodiversity as well as the livelihoods of people, especially those who live closest to nature. It also underlines the importance of sustainable use of natural resources in support of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals that relate specifically to water, land, relieving poverty, and promoting sustainable use.


Summary Report - North West Province Second Rhino Summit
Compiled by Lizanne (E.J.) Nel – Conservation Manager

SA Hunters was invited to participate in the second Rhino Summit for North West Province that was held in Pilansberg on 18-19 September 2019. It was attended by close to a 100 people from several organisations, communities and landowners to set the scene and reflect on the problems and the issues involved.

Ontleding van die hofuitspraak in die saak tussen die nasionale diere beskermsvereniging en departement omgewingsake, bosbou en vissery rakende uitvoer kwotas vir leeubene 

Hierdie interpretasie van die hofuitspraak is gebaseer op die hofuitspraak self en my ervaring in die skryf, interpretasie en administrasie van omgewingswetgewing en is nie bedoel om te dien as ‘n regsopinie nie.


Die Hooggeregshof in Pretoria het kwotas wat vir 2017 en 2018 vasgestel is vir die handel in leeu-bene as ongrondwetlik en ongeldig verklaar in Augustus 2019. Die Nasionale Dierebeskermingsvereniging het die saak teen die Minister van Omgewingsake aanhangig gemaak.


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