Community-led wildlife conservation – beyond hunting and tourism

Call for proposals

If wildlife is to survive, especially iconic animals on communal lands, support for sustainable wildlife management must diversify beyond hunting and tourism. And for communities to choose to manage wildlife on their land, they need to receive the social, economic and cultural benefits. Only by identifying and delivering these benefits can people and wildlife thrive in proximity.

The most common models of community-led conservation are based on photographic tourism and trophy hunting but there are other ways to capture the value of wildlife. Some rely on innovative financing schemes or businesses while others make use of new technology and communication tools. All available options to capture this value should be considered to compete with alternative, and currently default, land-use options.

The Luc Hoffmann Institute and WWF Norway are calling for proposals to assess relevant and promising models that provide income or other benefits at the community and individual level.

This research will be the starting point for a series of workshops aimed at identifying conservation approaches that may provide the same level of benefit as hunting and tourism and could be implemented in different countries.


The assignment will:

  • Review the most relevant initiatives related to innovative funding models applicable to community-led conservation
  • Identify and engage with people and organisations involved in innovative projects deriving revenue for conservation
  • Describe the concept, assess its efficacy and scalability, and provide examples of where it has and has not worked.

Timeline and applications

The assignment will take place between 27 May and 5 Aug 2019.

Interested candidates should send a proposed work plan (maximum 800 words) and budget by email to Dr Nikki Chapman:

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