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Synergies across the natural resources management fields in Southern Africa: Disaster Risk Reduction and One Health

Clara Bocchino, Richard Burroughs
Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies | Vol 5, No 2 | a74 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jamba.v5i2.74 | © 2013 Clara Bocchino, Richard Burroughs | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 January 2013 | Published: 22 February 2013

About the author(s)

Clara Bocchino, Faculty of Law, North West University, South Africa
Richard Burroughs, Centre for Veterinary Wildlife Studies, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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.


Natural resources management; One Health; Disaster Risk Reduction; Southern Africa; environmental management


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