At Conservation International, our work necessitates a comprehensive strategy that links efforts across a wide range of sectors, most notably health, economic development, and sustainable development. Our experience in this type of integrated development has taught us that this work is distinct in a few ways: it requires effective and clear communication, more detailed planning, and greater creativity in finding financial resources. The benefits, however, include much further reaching outcomes than could be achieved with only a single-sector focus.
One example of this is the “One Health” project, which is lead by Conservation South Africa, our local affiliate. It integrates natural resource management, freshwater conservation and WASH activities to secure ecosystem services and improve health outcomes for local communities. In this context, conservation can only truly be realized when the health needs of the community and proper livestock management needs are also addressed. More on this One Health initiative and the impact of integrated efforts around freshwater conservation and WASH can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JopuOMFWtc