The Conversation Symposium 2023
The Conservation Symposium brings together practitioners, scientists, and policymakers. It promotes interdisciplinary connections and showcases impactful research. This year's theme is the Biodiversity Economy. Click here for more information on the conference.
AWEI at TSC 2023
We hosted a one-day special session on Africa's Wildlife Economy on Tue 07 Nov 2023. In-person participants will be able to join in a dedicated room. Others joined online.
Videos of the day are available below.
Africa’s Wildlife Economy
Special session at TCS 2023 - Tuesday, 07 November 2023
The aim of this special session was to present and discuss current research on a few key topics relevant to enabling and scaling up Africa’s wildlife economy.
The international policy context for the wildlife economy is set out in Target 9 of the Global Biodiversity Framework:
“Ensure that the management and use of wild species are sustainable, thereby providing social, economic and environmental benefits for people, especially those in vulnerable situations and those most dependent on biodiversity, including through sustainable biodiversity-based activities, products and services that enhance biodiversity, and protecting and encouraging customary sustainable use by indigenous peoples and local communities.”
08:30 – 09:45
Welcome & Keynotes
Ms Lactitia Tshitwamulomoni, Wildlife Economy Director, South African Department of Forestry, Fisheries, and the Environment
South Africa's wildlife economy - New developments
Mr Farayi Mtondoro, Researcher/ Coordinator, African Institute of Environmental Law
Zimbabwe's biodiversity economy report - Policy opportunities
09:45 – 11:00
Workshop 1 – Developing the wild meat sector in Africa
In support of the decisions of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity on wild meat, this workshop will explore barriers and opportunities to developing a sustainable wild meat sector across Africa.
Mr Greg Martindale, Director, Conservation Outcomes
Development of new income streams for protected areas: The role of game meat value chains
Dr Maretha van der Merwe, Deputy Director Environmental Health Services, City of Tshwane
The health control of game meat intended for the local consumer market and the application of current and prospective health and hygiene regulatory parameters
Mr Lindokuhle Khumalo, PhD Candidate, University of Oslo
Understanding the emerging game meat value chain in South Africa
11:00 – 11:30 Tea break
11:30 – 13:00
Workshop 2 – Promoting intra Africa wildlife tourism
Tourism is a key use of wildlife across Africa generating revenues for protected areas, creating jobs, and contributing to economic development. This includes photographic tourism, hunting and fishing tourism, and nature-based adventure tourism. This workshop will is a start of discussion on the potential for increasing the market for intra Africa wildlife tourism.
- Prof Joseph Mbaiwa, AWEI Fellow and Director, Okavango Research Institute
Saving Botswana’s wildlife from Batswana: The trophy hunting ban and eco-colonialism in Botswana
- Prof Peet Van Der Merwe, Tourism Management, North-West University
How much do hunters spend in South Africa?
- Ms Sheillah Munsabe, Coordinator, Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network
Wildlife friendly tourism standards and certification: Enabling conservation of endangered species and sustainable tourism
13:00 – 14:15
14:15 – 15:30
Workshop 3 – Liberalising trade in wildlife products
Within the framework of the AfCFTA and the responsibility of governments to ensure that exports of products from endangered wild species are non-detrimental to the species survival, this workshop will explore the potential to promote the international trade of wildlife products particularly within Africa
- Dr Jeanetta Selier, Senior Scientist, South African National Biodiversity Institute
Lessons learned from South Africa’s wildlife economy
- Dr Francis Vorhies, AWEI Director, Stellenbosch University
Rewilding Africa through wildlife enterprise
- Dr Biandri Joubert, AWEI Fellow and Postdoc Fellow, University of the Witwatersrand
Critical next steps for expanding intra-African trade in wild meat
- Dr Howard Hendricks, GM: Policy & Governance, SANParks
African wildlife economy - closer to reality
15:30 – 16:00
16:00 – 17:00
Panel discussion - Scaling up wildlife enterprise
The panel will provide an opportunity to reflect on the workshops and explore next steps.
For in-person participants, the special session will take place in the Amadiba room at the Wild Coast Hotel.