To date, the game industry’s Achilles’ heel has been the lack of accurate and complete information about what we do on the ground. As a result, the public is generally misinformed and the authorities cannot support the industry effectively. To address the challenges we face as an industry, we should put forward accurate information and evidence of the industry’s contribution to sustainable rural economies.
As a pro-active first step, Wildlife Ranching South Africa (WRSA) can now engage the policymakers directly in this groundbreaking initiative, along with the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) in the form of a sustainable land management survey, which will ultimately inform the National Wildlife Forum and lead to evidence-based decision making at the highest level.
This is an effort to understand the contributions of the wildlife ranching sector to sustainable development. The high-level results will strengthen discussions between the wildlife industry and the national government. Initially a pilot survey will be conducted on game farms, as well as mixed game and domestic stock farms in the Eastern Cape during February and March this year.
Strict confidentiality and security protocols will apply when the research assistants visit you on your farm, and all landowners or managers engaging in wildlife management should participate in this effort to contribute to the industry. This survey is sure to lay the foundation for a better future in wildlife-related business for us all.
A team of 30 research assistants, led by Dr Matthew Child from SANBI, will conduct site visits on farms and reserves across the Eastern Cape during February and March. Once scheduled, you will receive a detailed info package well in advance before three research assistants visit you on-site. The site visit should not take more than three hours of your time, there are no costs or obligations, and you are encouraged to indicate challenges experienced on the ground.
All game farms, conservancies, private reserves, and mixed farms (game, livestock, andcrops) are welcome to participate. To confirm availability or to schedule a site visit, contact Margaretha Smit on 076 908 6458 or firstname.lastname@example.org. – Press release, WRSA