Sustainable hunting and the conservation of the threatened houbara bustards

Dolman, Paul M., Scotland, Keith M., Burnside, Robert J. and Collar, Nigel J. (2021) Sustainable hunting and the conservation of the threatened houbara bustards. Journal for Nature Conservation, 61. ISSN 1617-1381

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Abstract

African houbara (Chlamydotis undulata) and Asian houbara (C. macqueenii), classified as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List, have been over-exploited across their global ranges. The highest-profile conservation response has been large-scale releases of captive-bred birds, potentially threatening wild populations through introgression. Options for increasing numbers of the species are habitat management to counter overgrazing (in North Africa and the Middle East), mitigation of powerline collisions, predator control (ethically questionable and impractical), reduction of poaching and trapping, limited captive breeding, and hunting controls. Assuming hunting continues, the best model for conserving both species is a system of sustainable hunting that incorporates stakeholder observance, involvement of stakeholders and local communities in decisions and monitoring, protection of no-hunting areas, scientifically-determined quotas, small-scale use of captive-bred birds, and—if numbers still fail to respond, as a last resort—moratoria. These measures provide the only realistic guarantee for the long-term survival of Arab falconry, a part of humanity’s intangible cultural heritage.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: captive-breeding,translocation,population reinforcement,supplementation,game management,sustainable hunting,ecology, evolution, behavior and systematics,nature and landscape conservation ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1100/1105
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 06 May 2021 00:02
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2021 12:09
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/79927
DOI: 10.1016/j.jnc.2021.126000

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