Author: John Owens

Multiplier Effect

While ecotourism provides clear, direct economic benefits to countries, those benefits are often underestimated, since the numerous inputs required to support the ecotourism industry are difficult to quantify. For example, items such as food, supplies, transportation, public works, infrastructure, and

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Infrastructure and Guns May Curb Wildlife Trafficking

As I discussed in my previous blog post, the US attempts to curb wildlife tracking through foreign assistance. Specifically, FWS provides $10 million annually to enhance and support wildlife conservation throughout Africa and Asia.  The funds support essential wildlife protection

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US Foreign Assistance and Ecotourism

The United States supports wildlife conservation and the development of ecotourism in foreign countries primarily through monetary aid. Unfortunately, data that dis-aggregates ecotourism revenue from tourism revenue is not routinely collected. Thus, analysts encounter difficulty when attempting to quantify US

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Hunting Saves the Markhor

Sport hunting by definition reduces an endangered species’ population. However, if wildlife managers charge hunters a substantial fee and use the revenue to support the remaining species’ population, sport hunting may be justified as a conservation tool.  An example of

Sport Hunting Revenue

By one estimate, African sport hunting generates approximately $200 million annually. While sport hunting revenue is a small portion of  African countries’ GDPs, it can have a big impact on wildlife conservation and the populations of certain species. This revenue

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Overfishing – Who cares?

Wildlife populations have declined 52% since 1970. This staggering statistic was published recently by the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) in their annual Living Planet Report. The question is, where did the animals go? According to the report, and the WWF

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