African Wildlife Policy: Protecting Wildlife Herbivores on Private Game Ranches

Posted: 27 Jun 2000

See all articles by G. Cornelis van Kooten

G. Cornelis van Kooten

University of British Columbia; University of Victoria - Economics

Erwin H. Bulte

Tilburg University - Department of Economics; Wageningen University

Abstract

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: Q18

Suggested Citation

van Kooten, G. Cornelis and van Kooten, G. Cornelis and Bulte, Erwin H., African Wildlife Policy: Protecting Wildlife Herbivores on Private Game Ranches. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=231746

G. Cornelis Van Kooten (Contact Author)

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Erwin H. Bulte

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Wageningen University

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