African Wildlife Policy: Protecting Wildlife Herbivores on Private Game Ranches
G. Cornelis Van Kooten
University of Victoria - Economics
Erwin H. Bulte
Tilburg University - Department of Economics; Wageningen University
European Review of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 27, Issue 2, June 2000
In large parts of Africa, wildlife herbivores spill over onto private lands, competing with domestic livestock for forage resources. To encourage private landowners to take into account the externality benefits of wildlife, game cropping is increasingly considered as an important component of conservation policies. In this paper, we employ a bioeconomic model of a private game ranch to examine five potential government policies concerning wildlife conservation, ranging from (strict) preservation to uncontrolled exploitation. 'Intermediate' policies appear to contribute most to wildlife conservation, with costs to landowners of such policies being modest. The model outcomes support recent wildlife policy shifts in Kenya.
Keywords: Bioeconomic Modelling, Wildlife Conservation Policy, Game Cropping in Kenya, Biodiversity
JEL Classification: Q18Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: June 27, 2000
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