Economics play a key role in conservation. Some 800,000 people may lose their jobs as the article states. Lost wages can equal lost conservation efforts. I am not a proponent of canned safari hunts, but in limited cases, well run, environmentally aware, humane organizations have value to their communities, the land, as well as with species protection. Somewhere here, we have to find a better “middle ground” – helping people economically at the same time, protecting key species.
At the end of the day, it’s really all about intent – short term greed or long term sustainability. Unfortunately, surviving for many in Africa doesn’t support long term thinking. Change the economic paradigm with consciousness for the greater good of all and we might stand a chance making a difference.