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One Health and Conservation

Putting health into the heart of conservation

Biodiversity is partnering with The Tulsi Foundation to bring together this themed issue on One Health and Conservation.

We encourage submissions from researchers from the fields of conservation, one health, veterinary medicine, tropical medicine and zoology. The broad themes for submission include:

  1. Human wildlife conflict
  2. Mental health in rural communities
  3. Nutrition in remote communities
  4. Trauma and emergency care in remote areas
  5. Veterinary medicine
  6. One health (infectious diseases)
  7. Health needs and inequalities in the conservation landscape
  8. Impact of the environment on health and conservation

To submit your manuscript, email our Managing Editor, Vanessa Reid (reidva@biodiversityconservancy.org).

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About this Special Issue

One Health is a multi-disciplinary approach that brings the health of humans and animals together into a broad ecological context. The health of all species is intertwined. One Health focuses on how ecologists, veterinarians, and physicians can work together to address complex issues regarding habitat use, climate change, disease emergence, conservation of biodiversity, and sustainable wellbeing of animals, plants, and people within communities. The integration of knowledge from different disciplines is crucial for efficient environmental research and health initiatives. Although the concept of One Health is not new there has been less interest on how One Health applies to the broader field of wildlife conservation. Issues such as nutrition, psychological health, trauma and emergencies can have a major impact on conservation policy as well as communities who live and work with wildlife. We feel that this has been neglected by mainstream medicine and conservation professions alike. Furthermore, indigenous communities who may have a diverse (non-western) perspective on health often rely on traditional medicines which can also have a major impact on the survival of iconic species such as the tiger and the rhino many of which are hunted for body parts that drive some health markets. Understanding what drives these health beliefs is key to safeguarding vulnerable threatened wildlife. 

The Tulsi Foundation (TF) was founded in 2016 to meet the health needs of communities that live and work in remote and often hostile conservation areas. Work from tiger reserves in Central India has shown significant issues access to healthcare and inequalities which are  likely to have a major impact on the local environment and wildlife. TF organised an  international conference on One Health and Conservation in September 2018 with a view of raising awareness on the  importance of this topic and also to bring together a diverse group of  people from health, academia, conservation , veterinary medicine to look at One Health with a broader agenda and  primarily look at it through a conservation lens. 

Although the veterinary and infectious diseases health fields frequently dominate One Health, with efforts heavily focused on disease. Projects are either solely on human health affected by the environment, or the zoonotic transmission of diseases from livestock to people. Conservationists who incorporate a One Health approach in their research tend to focus on diseases in wildlife in relation to the environment that is often disturbed by human activity. Although disease management is important, One Health is meant to be inclusive of ALL aspects of conservation and health.

How to submit your manuscript

Please send the title of the manuscript/opinion piece/book review etc you plan to submit by 15 September (even if a working title). Sending a (working) title by this date is essential!

Please submit your full manuscript in Times New Roman 12 pt by 15th November 2019 to Biodiversity’s Managing Editor, Vanessa Reid (reidva@biodiversityconservancy.org).

This themed issue will published in March 2020 both in print and electronic editions, available through Taylor and Francis Journals. A special board of editors will review the submitted manuscripts and publication of final papers will be subject to blind peer-review.

Please note that Vanessa can help edit papers, as and where necessary, to support those authors whose mother tongue/first language is not English. At Biodiversity we wish to support and promote authors from around the world, especially those from the Global South.

We also greatly encourage publication/book reviews, Forum and On the Ground pieces. An Opinion piece, as the name suggests, is the author's personal opinion on the subject. It can be as formal or informal in style and the word count can range from 500 - 3,500 words. References are optional and it is not peer-reviewed. An ‘On the Ground’ piece is a personal account from Biodiversity practitioners working in the field, sharing their experiences and insights. The word count can range from 500 - 3,500 words and references are optional.

Biodiversity – a Journal of Life on Earth is published in partnership with Taylor and Francis Journals. Please visit the Taylor and Francis website for more information on submissions, subscriptions and to purchase individual articles and themed issues.

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