For various reasons, Southern Africa may be considered the playground as well as the thinking
tank for many theories and practices in the natural resources management field. History
has contributed to reshape conservation practices through colonial times, and recent wars
have led to the relocation of people from their homelands and the appropriation by people
of previously protected areas due to socio-economic pressures. Contemporary practices
stemming from sustainable development have not yielded the expected results in resolving
critical socio-economic stresses that impact on environmental health. Furthermore, human
health has deteriorated in remote rural areas due to the failures of governance systems and
the perpetration of non-participatory models for natural resources management, especially
conservation. This paper seeks to explore how two relatively new approaches, Disaster Risk
Reduction and One Health, can together tap into the theoretical and practical gaps left by
previous paradigms in order to instill a sustainable development approach that can benefit
both people and natural resources in remote and poor rural areas.
Both authors are expert in the two approaches object of the
text. None of the information provided is influenced by
professional or personal affiliation to an institution, but it is
the outcome of research work conducted in the field of study.
The paper was conceived and written for the most part by
C.B. (Faculty of Law, North West University). R.B. (Faculty
of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria) was responsible
for writing the One Health section and contributed to the
review and finalisation of the paper.