PERC research fellow Catherine Semcer talked with Cato Daily Podcast host Caleb Brown about the rapidly changing context of African wildlife conservation. Amidst growing economies, we must find ways to ensure wildlife conservation is economically viable and that animals are an asset to local people. Trophy hunting is one tool that can provide the incentives and revenue necessary to make conservation efforts more resilient while also conserving the health of ecosystems to make these efforts sustainable.
Catherine E. Semcer is a research fellow with the Property and Environment Research Center in Bozeman, Montana and the African Wildlife Economy Institute at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. She also serves as a member of the Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.