Extraordinary lecturer, Centre for Veterinary Wildlife Studies, Dept. of Production Animal Studies
Understanding the socio-economic and conservation contributions of the private commercial wildlife sector
The amount of private land under commercial wildlife production is not accurately known, but it extends over an area larger than the state protected area network. This land has potential to contribute towards the conservation of biodiversity and functional ecosystems and, in some cases, towards the protected area estate, but the extent of this contribution is poorly understood. To remain under wildlife, however, such land has to demonstrate financial sustainability and social value, so landowners are not able to manage it like the state manages protected areas. I am interested in understanding the extent to which private wildlife based land uses (WBLU) contribute towards conservation and how the commercial enterprise model affects this.
No current funded projects, but seeking funds to extend the research.