This is the tenth post in our series on the top 10 wildlife conservation challenges and solutions, to provide some quick and easy to read background information to our game Conservation Crisis.
Challenge #10 – Engagement
As with all important issues, people need to be engaged to understand and care about the problem and enable them to help. This is very important for conservation as many people no longer have as much direct contact with nature as they used to, and many iconic species are being lost in far-away countries. By bringing the issue to people’s attention and showing how wonderful wildlife are, more people are inspired to become involved in conservation.
Solution #10 – Tourism and Publicity
Tourism and publicity are the two methods most often used to get people involved in conservation. Publicity raises awareness of the plight of endangered wildlife and habitats and gets people to donate funds to support life-saving conservation work. Eco-tourism is also a popular way to help conservation, bringing people on safari to see wildlife in their natural habitat and providing a source of funding for conservation work. However, events such as natural disasters, violence and the outbreak of disease can prevent tourists visiting, leading to a fall in revenues for conservation.