Hunting is an important socio-economic activity, particularly in rural areas. Recent research reports have suggested that within the EU alone hunting may be worth an estimated €16 billion.¹
This apart from being an estimate does not capture the complexity of values that can be added, derived or offset from hunting activities. These values could include:
- Direct economic benefits – Payments by hunters towards hunting fees, equipment accommodation etc.
- Environmental benefits – These include aspects related to conservation activities, ecosystem retention and management.
- Social benefits – Hunting is often a very important social and cultural activity in many rural areas which has value in binding communities as well as offering useful social integration tools.
- Future bequest benefits – Hunting helps retain a link to rural areas and an understanding of ecosystem functioning that serves to retain cultural knowledge and understanding for future generations.
- Opportunity costs – These are related mainly to the costs that would be incurred by Governments in managing wildlife populations and paying for damages incurred by these populations.
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(1) Kenward, R. & Sharp, R. (2008) Use Nationally of Wildlife Resources Across Europe, 117-132.: in Manos, P. & Papathanasiou, J. [eds.] (2008) GEM-CON-BIO: Governance & Ecosystems Management for the Conservation of Biodiversity. Thessaloniki.
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