Human–wildlife conflict and insurance. Can insurance reduce the costs of living with wildlife?

Discussion paper
, 26 pages
PDF (335.88 KB)
Published: March 2019
ISBN: 9781784316662
Product code:16648IIED

Developing solutions for human–wildlife conflict is an urgent conservation priority. This threat to coexistence between humans and animals is particularly serious in developing countries, where population growth significantly impacts traditional wildlife ranges. Tried and tested approaches to conflict resolution include schemes to financially offset affected individuals for their loss. To succeed, these schemes need to ensure cost-effective verification, fair and timely payments, incentives for damage prevention and financial sustainability. This paper reviews how existing wildlife insurance programmes and agricultural microinsurance schemes have addressed these challenges.