Local opinions on trophy hunting in Kyrgyzstan

Nordbø I., Turdumambetov B., Gulcan B.

Journal of Sustainable Tourism, vol.26, no.1, pp.68-84, 2018 (SSCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 26 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/09669582.2017.1319843
  • Journal Name: Journal of Sustainable Tourism
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.68-84
  • Keywords: Kyrgyzstan, local opinions, rural tourism, sustainability, Trophy hunting
  • Ankara Haci Bayram Veli University Affiliated: No


© 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.As traditional international trophy hunting destinations are becoming less accessible due to hunting restrictions and regulations, new destinations are entering the scene, such as the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, located in Central Asia. Kyrgyzstan has grown to be one of the top destinations for international trophy hunting of argali Ovis ammon and ibex Capra sibirica, both of which are in danger of extinction. Empirically, the article draws on a case study from the largest region in Kyrgyzstan, At-Bashy, and 395 questionnaires with local inhabitants from 5 villages, and 1 interview with an international trophy hunting tour operator. In this article, the impacts of trophy hunting as a tourism practice in a rural context is discussed in terms of its sustainability and through the opinions of the local inhabitants. In sum, the negative impacts of trophy hunting in At-Bashy seem to overrule the positive ones, and in its current form it is not sustainable. The local inhabitants report about a decrease in argali and ibex during the last years; they receive basically no economic benefits from hunting tourism; and not surprisingly, 70% of the population rejects the further development of the industry in its current shape.