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Akito Yasuda Last modified date:2019.06.17

Associate Professor / Division for Humanities and Social Sciences / Faculty of Arts and Science

1. Akito Yasuda, Is sport hunting a breakthrough wildlife conservation strategy for Africa? –A case study of northern Cameroon, FACTS (Field Actions Science) , 6, 2012.03, Sport hunting is one of the oldest known recreational activities using wildlife. Some researchers have suggested that sport hunting can benefit the development and economy of local communities, thereby promoting the protection of wildlife resources as well as both ecological and economic sustainability. However, important debates remain regarding the social impacts of conservation and tourism on local communities near protected areas.
This study using a case study from northern Cameroon aimed to 1) analyze the social impacts of sport hunting on local people and 2) discuss sustainability of sport hunting. Approximately two years of fieldwork, mainly based on interviews and observations in two villages, showed that sport hunting generated tax revenues of approximately US$1.2 million in one season as well as provided profit sharing and employment opportunities for local communities. However, the local people were affected by regulations of their rights to use natural resources. Moreover, some villages experienced forced migration for the beginning of sport hunting.
Many officers and hunting operators insist that sport hunting entails ecological and economic sustainability because it is operated under strict regulations and generates enormous tax revenues. This is in contrast to hunting by local people, who do not consider the hunting regulation nor pay taxes. The question remains, however, whether the term “sustainability” should only encompass ecological and economic factors. Even if sport hunting plays an important role in community conservation, the social impacts on local communities should be considered before the activity is considered as a viable tactic for wildlife conservation..
2. Akito Yasuda, The Impacts of Sport Hunting on the Livelihoods of Local People: A Case Study of Bénoué National Park, Cameroon, International Association for Society and Natural Resources, 10.1080/08941920.2010.486394, 24, 860-869, 2011.03, This article highlights the social impacts of sport hunting on the livelihoods of local
people using a case study around Be´noue´ National Park, Northern Cameroon. Sport
hunting is a way for local people to receive economic benefits from wildlife resources
concerning community conservation. However, social impacts on local people,
including displacement and restriction of access to natural resources, have rarely
been considered. Nineteen months of fieldwork, mainly based on interviews and
observations in one village, showed that sport hunting in Northern Cameroon generated
tax revenues of about US$1.2 million in 2008 and also provided profit sharing
and employment opportunities to local communities. However, this figure is less than
that in other African countries such as Tanzania, as both employment opportunities
and profit sharing are inequitable in this community. Simultaneously, locals’ rights
over natural resource use, especially hunting rights, even for their livelihoods, were
3. Yasuda, A. 2008, "The significance of sport hunting in conservation policy and the impact on the livelihood of local people: A case study of Bénoué National Park, Cameroon", Journal of African Studies 73: 1-15. .
4. Yasuda, A. 2008, "The “Wild” as the Hunted One, the Problems Involved in Sport Hunting in Africa A Case Study of Bénoué National Park, Cameroon", Journal of Environmental Sociology 14: 38-54..