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In Africa, particularly in this day and age of population and socio-economic pressures what cannot pay its own way soon disappears. It is for these reasons that Conservation is reliant on the Natural Resources maintaining a Value which can sustainably contribute to addressing these pressures.
Responsible and Sustainable Utilization & Wildlife Conservation are Synonymous. This is no truer than in Africa where resources from well meaning politically correct non-consumptive agendas to "save" Africa's wildlife, often do not make it as far as practical application. This being the case Conservation suffers due to a lack of prioritization and resource allocation in a competitive environment. Responsibility for its survival therefore in most cases falls to a dedicated private sector which has to operate on a self financing basis. Without appropriate funding, financing of conservation initiatives has to rely on balance of sound economic and ecological principles integrated to responsibly fulfill the needs of both.
Hunting in Africa today is about sustainable utilization. Africa's wildlife is its greatest natural resource, and like any renewable natural resource, its consumption must be managed both for the benefits the resource provides and the longevity of the resource itself.
Sport hunters from abroad harvest only a small portion of Africa's wildlife, and the local communities benefit directly from the food the hunter's animal provide their families as well as with much needed income in these rural and poor communities. The absence of sport hunting and the revenue, food and jobs it provides, forces locals to poaching in effort to support their families.
Poaching is an indiscriminate killer, extremely inefficient and decimating to wildlife populations. For each animal killed in a poacher's snare and consumed, multiple others are left in the bush and never claimed by the poacher.
THE DOMA PROJECT ties the wildlife, the sport hunter and the local community together in a balance that benefits all three. By demonstrating that sport hunting is more profitable than poaching, and placing the incentive on the preservation of wildlife for sport hunting (rather than poaching) the wildlife wins. Animals are harvested in sustainable numbers and the revenues generated from sport hunting provide food, jobs and a source of income for locals as well as an funds needed to protect the animals from poachers and improve the animals' habitat.