The potential for wildlife-related revenue to contribute to wildlife conservation in Turkey


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Sarı A., Dugger B.

Oregon Chapter of The Wildlife Society 2020 Annual Meeting, Oregon, United States Of America, 07 February 2020, pp.57

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Oregon
  • Country: United States Of America
  • Page Numbers: pp.57
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

Wildlife-related tourism is an important economic contributor to wildlife management in developed western countries. For example, total, wildlife-related recreation expenditures were 157 billion dollars in the USA and 20 billion dollars in Germany in 2016. A significant portion of wildlife-related revenues is spent on conservation studies. Revenue from all wildlife-related recreation expenditures in Turkey is 27 million dollars per year. Between 2000-2018 years, about 23 thousand hunters took 27 thousand animals and generated only about 4 million dollars in hunting tourism revenues in Turkey. By comparison, during 2018 hunters in Germany, which is less than half the size of Turkey, harvested approximately 1.2 million roe deer, 77 thousand red deer, and 63 thousand fallow deer. Even the number of harvested big game animals was 53 thousand in Oregon State in 2018. Turkey supports a variety of species that are desirable to local and foreign hunters such as brown bear, gray wolf, lynx, caracal, chamois, wild goat, wild sheep, red deer, roe deer, gazelle and wild boar. Increasing wildlife-related revenues in Turkey is constrained by poor wildlife management practices that stem from poor university-level wildlife education. Therefore, all stakeholders (whether environmental or not) have to fulfil their roles and responsibilities fully in the management of natural resources and encourage both wildlife-related education and recruitment of qualified personnel with wildlife education in related institutions as possible as. That's when wildlife-related tourism income can be increased to the desired level by making necessary studies on wildlife management and conservation in Turkey.