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Verifying conservation in wildlife ranches: the verified conservation area approach




Vorhies, Francis, author
International Wildlife Ranching Symposium, publisher

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The presentation introduces the Verified Conservation Area (VCA) Approach and its usefulness for the wildlife ranching industry. The VCA Approach offers an innovative way for land managers to demonstrate their efforts to conserve nature. It consists of an online Registry of VCAs; a Standard for conservation planning, reporting and auditing; and a Toolkit of best practice. The VCA Approach enables conservation outside of protected areas to be visible, accountable and marketable. It offers the wildlife ranching industry a way to inform investors, clients, authorities, local communities and other stakeholders on how their ranches are conserving nature.


Presented at the 9th international wildlife ranching symposium: wildlife - the key to prosperity for rural communities, held on 12-16 September 2016 at Hotel Safari & the Safari Court, Windhoek, Namibia.

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