The philosophy behind the establishment and work of H&CAT is to harness the skills, resources and capacity to provide the community-based NGOs and small businesses, which manage the conservancies, with the tools to develop a broad range of conservation and sustainable use initiatives.
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Since 2008 game management areas that are protected by families or associations of local hunters have been established with the support of wildlife conservation and development organizations. Revenues generated from guided hiking, game-viewing, wildlife photography and hunting are to support the work of local rangers and nature guides, and any surpluses are invested into local development projects. This approach provides revenues to local families and motivates them to refrain from unsustainable poaching and to protect durably the wildlife populations and the ecosystems they rely on.
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Well-regulated hunting is an important part of the conservation approach of H&CAT and its members. Sport hunting by international hunters can provide the necessary financial means to fund wildlife conservation in the conservancy areas and motivate the support by local communities through assistance in community projects. The hunting offers marketed by H&CAT on behalf of its members are in accordance to the principles of conservation hunting, in particular by quota setting and selection of animals for harvest in a way that minimizes the impact on population numbers, demographic structure and genetics.


The conservancies managed by the members of H&CAT provide excellent touristic opportunities. You can come for short visits of a day or less, but you can also spend longer and more intensive time in the conservancies and enjoy landscape, wildlife and spend time with the local people. You can also do birdwatching and observe and photograph wildlife. Visiting the communities in the conservancies will show you the regional cultural diversity of the Tajik, Pamiri (Bartangi, Shughni and Wakhi) and Kyrgyz ethnic groups, and you will see how traditions and environment influence architecture, land-use and lifestyle.
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