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Trophy Hunting Restrictions and Land Use in Private Land Conservation Areas:A Bioeconomic Analysis

Zijin Xie
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Zijin Xie: Faculity of Economics, Keio University

No 2023-007, Keio-IES Discussion Paper Series from Institute for Economics Studies, Keio University

Abstract: This study investigated how bans/restrictions on trophy hunting affect wildlife conservation in private land conservation areas (PLCAs). We developed a bioeconomic model to examine wildlife and land utilization in a fixed-size PLCA with a land manager. We calibrated the model for the lion-hunting industry in PLCAs in South Africa. The model simulates the impact of trophy-hunting restrictions on the lion population under different management scenarios. We demonstrated that restrictions on trophy hunting would be effective if wildlife-based tourism is an alternative land use to trophy hunting. However, the restrictions on trophy hunting will negatively affect the wildlife (lion) population if alternative land use is not wildlife-based. Although wildlife-based tourism is considered a positive alternative to trophy hunting, it is more vulnerable to external shocks than trophy hunting. Our results suggest that international bans/restrictions on trophy hunting should be cautiously imposed, particularly in the context of the global pandemic, which has had a devastating effect on wildlife-based tourism.

Keywords: Bioeconomic modeling, Lion hunting; PLCA, Tourism, Trophy hunting, Wildlife conservation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q2 Q26 Q57 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 25 pages
Date: 2023-03-22
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