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Research on the impact of hunting on biodiversity has shown that hunting can be a force for good in conserving biodiversity. There is evidence that hunting can achieve goals for biodiversity because of the conservation focus many hunting systems have. But where hunting has negative consequences there are strong cultural reasons why this is maintained. Thus there is a need to understand the cultural and institutional frameworks in which hunting operates if policy is to achieve the goal of utilising hunting to managing our wildlife sustainably.

Download the WP summaries as pdf:

WP1: The cultural meaning of hunting

WP2: Institutional aspects of hunting in Europe & Eastern Africa

WP3: Economics

WP4: Hunting, sustainable harvesting and consequences for biodiversity

WP5: Integration