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Title: The impacts of a global pandemic on the efficacy and stability of contemporary wildlife conservation: South Africa as a case study.
Authors: Smith, David Alan Ehlers.
Ehlers Smith, Yvette Cathrine.
Davies-Mostert, Harriet T.
Thompson, Lindy J.
Parker, Daniel Matthew.
De Villiers, Deon.
Ricketts, Dean.
Coverdale, Brent.
Roberts, Peter J.
Kelly, Christopher.
Macfadyen, Duncan N.
Manqele, Nomthandazo Sam.
Power, Richard John.
Downs, Colleen T.
University of KwaZulu-Natal
University of KwaZulu-Natal
University of Pretoria
University of KwaZulu-Natal
School of Biology and Environmental Sciences
Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism
Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism
University of KwaZulu-Natal
Rhodes University
Wildlife ACT Fund Trust
Department of Research and Conservation
University of KwaZulu-Natal
Department of Economic Development, Environment,Conservation & Tourism
University of KwaZulu-Natal
Keywords: Compliance.;Hunting.;Illegal hunting.;Land invasions.;Poaching.;Wildlife tourism.
Issue Date: 2022
Publisher: Kungl Vetenskaps Akademien
Abstract: Conservationists speculated on potential benefits to wildlife of lockdown restrictions because of the COVID-19 pandemic but voiced concern that restrictions impeded nature conservation. We assessed the effects of lockdown restrictions on biodiversity conservation in South Africa, a biodiverse country with economic inequality and reliance on wildlife resources. We solicited expert opinion using the IUCN’s Threats Classification Scheme to structure a questionnaire and illustrated responses with individual case studies from government parastatal and non governmental conservation organisations. The most highly reported threats were biological resource use, residential/commercial developments, invasive species, and human intrusions. The trends reported by 90 survey respondents were supported by case studies using environmental compliance data from parastatal conservation organisations. Lack of tourism revenue and funding were cited as hindrances to conservation. Mechanisms to prevent environmental degradation in the face of global emergencies must be implemented and ‘ring fenced’ to ensure conservation is not a casualty during future global crises.
DOI: 10.1007/s13280-019-01252-4
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