What is African Indaba

A Key Communication Element for Africa for hunter-conservationists and all people who are interested in the conservation, management and sustainable use of Africa’s wild resources

There is a lack of communication between hunters and non-hunters on African conservation and hunting issues. The hunters’ perspective does not reach the wider civil society. Individual hunters don’t get regular information on what is happening on the conservation front. African Indaba recognized this as serious impediment to conservation stakeholder/hunter cooperation.

Outcomes from consultancies, case studies or projects and workshops, as well as news articles and peer-reviewed papers may influence alter hunting/conservation relationships and decision making as well as the public perception of hunting. Hunters and conservationists need to act on emerging conservation or hunting challenges expeditiously. Communication and dialogue with individuals, organizations, universities, and media outside the hunting circles are as important as providing hard facts, elucidate problems and propose solutions to the worldwide hunting community. African Indaba has a record of articulating problems, identifying linkages and emerging issues, spelling out key messages, and promoting lessons learned for hunting and non-hunting audiences. African Indaba is THE platform for hunting and non-hunting audiences to share information, report and discuss strategies and projects bringing together national government authorities, leaders from African and international NGOs, researchers in the field, individual hunters, and international and national  hunting organizations. It is serves as cost-effective tool to build useful stakeholders’ networks, report on successes and failures, and promote joint action.

African Indaba is distributed free-of-charge world-wide, 6 times a year, by email, e-messaging and the web to individuals, institutions, non-government organizations and government agencies..CIC member Gerhard Damm started African Indaba in January 2003. In 2011, African Indaba became the official CIC newsletter on African hunting and conservation issues with editorial independence. The e-newsletter looks now back on 15 years of successful publication history and is proud of a continuously growing subscribers’ base, presently almost 20,000 people from about 130 countries.

African Indaba has these objectives:

  • summarize and distribute hunting and conservation related information in a transparent manner
  • raise the public profile of African Safari Hunting
  • foster dialogue of hunters with non-hunting conservation practitioners and civil society
  • promote conservation partnerships
  • promote an understanding for the linkages between incentive-based-conservation, hunting and poverty relief for rural people
  • sensitize non-hunting conservation organizations to the conservation relevance of regulated hunting in Africa
  • sensitize hunters for the challenges of African biodiversity conservation and the situation of rural Africans.