Zambia has lifted its ban on hunting, which was enacted in January 2013. Safari Club International (SCI) and SCI Foundation maintained that the ban was counter-productive to the conservation needs of Zambia, and last week’s decision should be heralded as a win for sustainable-use conservation.
“Like most range states, Zambia relies on hunting revenue for most of their conservation funding, so maintaining sustainable hunting is crucial to their wildlife’s survival,” an SCI official said.
When the ban was initiated, the SCI and SCI Foundation immediately met with the Zambian government officials educating them on the commitment of the hunting community to sustainable use conservation.
These meetings set the course for the policy reversal.
A ban on cat hunting continues and will remain in effect until a survey on lion population numbers is complete, Zambia officials said.
August 24, 2014