For almost two decades, Nokia has unquestionably dominated the cell phone market. In the 2000s, the iconic 3210 and 3310 were sold over 286 million units! The Finnish brand’s rapid success was phenomenal, yet in 2007, a new generation of smartphones shook up the established order. Nokia failed to take the Smartphone turn and lost almost 45% of its market share in just 6 years, dropping from 49% in 2007 to less than 5% in 2013.
While mankind strives to paralyze paradigms, we exist in a world governed by perfectly dynamic rules. Take the time to identify a problem, to define it at least partially, to plan the implementation of activities to solve it, and you’ll end up answering a question that may already be obsolete. It’s essential to develop a web of conjectures to anticipate the metamorphoses of our world, and finally provide structural, systemic and sustainable answers to our most complex questions.
Our world is dynamic, we are dynamic, our passions are dynamic, just as the Professional Hunter’s role is.
Yesterday’s Professional Hunter was involved in the creation or maintenance of access and hunting roads, fords and salt licks, the management of pastures and bush fires, the construction and maintenance of lodges and vehicles, stewardship and logistics, customer prospecting, the approach and rigorous selection of animals during hunts, the supervision of field teams and anti-poaching activities or, more generally, the anti-invasion of protected areas, etc. But beyond the frenzy of reconnecting in unconquered nature with an adventurous hunter and tracking the majestic Lord Derby eland, we can no longer ignore the fact that hunting has consequences on ecosystem mechanisms. These consequences can be positive or detrimental, so it’s up to all of us – booking agents, hunters, companions, guides, protected area managers – to express our shared passion by governing its scope.
For more than 50 years, we have been dealing with the management of what takes place within our borders: what is inherent to the activity of Sports Hunting on the one hand, and the management of conflicts of use (poaching, gold mining, transhumance of domestic herds, logging, uncontrolled fishing, incursive agriculture, etc.) on the other hand.
However, these conflicts of use are only the consequences of what is happening outside our borders. Most of us have already given in to the slumber of African states and the lack of knowledge of NGOs, not to mention the misinformation of the media and politicians who represent us. But who better than us to educate them?
This is urgent that we finally master advocacy, because raising awareness won’t happen on its own, and certainly not without us!
Governments lack will and funding, international NGOs and civil society organizations lack knowledge and freedom, and private managers lack resources and structure. This equation remains insoluble if we continue to isolate capable players. It’s time to organize a consortium of key players in order to navigate the latitudes of some while circumventing the limits of others. We need to build the bridges that will enable the public and private worlds to come together to rethink, unite and professionalize the conservation sector. That’s what tomorrow’s Professional Hunters are all about.
Our world is dynamic. It’s up to us to reshape the next conservation paradigm for the sanctuaries we so cherish, and to protect the animal species that are their raison d’être, or to fall in line behind Nokia, Kodak, Moulinex, Polaroid, or Mammoth, and remain spectators to their destruction.
We have created two tools to educate and bring people together:
1/ The HUNTERSACT label,
because we are convinced that it is the responsibility of hunting industry professionals and their customers to make a lasting contribution to the preservation of protected areas and animal species.
Our partners (in Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Chad, Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, Botswana and Namibia) share this vision and meet rigorous selection criteria (hunting ethics, quality of service, contribution to conservation, etc.).
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Book your next sustainable hunting trip in a partner destination and we share our 15% commission as follows: 5% immediate discount on your trip to thank you for your commitment, 5% with the hunting operator who commits to carrying out additional conservation activities, and 5% with our non-profit association The Faro Conservancy Project who commits to using them to carry out conservation activities in Cameroon.
2/ The Faro Conservancy Project (TFCP)
is a consortium of protected area managers in Northern Cameroon, keen to reshape wildlife conservation based on real needs observed in the field.
Our unique involvement, often at the heart of conflicts, makes us key players in the conservation of species present in the territories we have been protecting for decades.
Thanks to over 50 years’ experience in the field, our rigorous protection, in-depth knowledge and boundless passion, we are the guardians of an extraordinary diversity of wildlife and essential habitats. This credibility enables us to develop structured responses that directly target observed conflicts and the imbalances they cause.
In Cameroon, our long-term sanctuaries are the last refuges of World Wildlife Heritage.
Wildlife conservation is not a cause. It’s not something you decide to do or not to do. Wildlife conservation is a NEED. An urgent need.
In Cameroon, we already have the support of major international NGOs such as AWF, WCS, Noé and Conserve Global, as well as micro-funding from the French IUCN Committee.
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