Holistic Conservation - One Health

Holistic Conservation - One Health

We practice holistic conservation, recognizing the interdependence of environmental health, animal health and human well-being, known as One Health - foundational to the lives and culture of local and indigenous peoples.

 Why support Odyssey Conservation Trust?


58% decline in wildlife populations between 1970 and 2012 – the direct result of our consumptions patterns, population demographics and climate change.


80% of the world’s biodiversity is on the land of indigenous people, who are the best environmental stewards but are often deprived from their land and resource rights.


Indigenous people are 60% poorer than benchmark populations in their countries. They are among the world’s most disadvantaged groups while being the most affected by climate change.

One Health

At Odyssey Conservation Trust, our 25 years of award-winning work has demonstrated that the health and well-being of all forms of life is intricately connected: a concept now globally recognized as “One Health.”

Our experience has showed us that conservation efforts are sustainable when they are based on a different paradigm: one that respects the wisdom of the best custodians of biodiversity and nature, one that recognizes that the health of all life forms, of which we are one, is connected.

We believe that the holistic relationship that indigenous and local people have maintained with their naturally diverse environments is the key to sustaining the world’s cultural and biological diversity as well as being the true epitomy of what is now called One Health. Their unique environmental knowledge, societal values and cultural traditions are geared towards the respect and protection of their natural resources. It is through this holistic and respectful relationship that some biodiversity-rich areas remain around the globe and that we will find some of the answers needed to current global challenges, including climate change adaptation and mitigation.

One Health with Women

Local and indigenous women are the keystone to reducing poverty, conserving biodiversity and successfully adapting to climate change. Children everywhere are the beneficiaries of Odyssey Conservation Trust.

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Our Process

Together with communities and local and indigenous women, we identify key challenges at the wellbeing-environment nexus. We then develop Community-Based One Health solutions combining their traditional knowledge with modern science.

Our Impact

 outputs delivered in our projects contribute to 12 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)Our projects deliver a synergy of results. Through supporting women, we have achieved landmarks in family health and food security, livelihood and the conservation of the natural and cultural heritage.

The outputs delivered in our projects contribute to 12 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


1- No Poverty
2 - zero hunger
3 - Good health and well being
4 - Quality Education
5 - Gender equality
6 - Clean water and sanitation
7 - Affordable and clean energy
10 - reduced inequalities
13 - climate action
14 - Life below water
15 - Life on land
16 - Peace, justice and strong institutions


Screenshot of video showing project invovling Tacana people of BoliviaSee the impact of our projects with Tacana people in Bolivia:  Watch the video

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Our Partners

  • IUCN - International Union for Conservation of Nature
  • RVC - Royal Vetinary College University of London
  • WCS - Wildlife Conservation Society
  • ZSL
  • Annenberg Foundation
  • Conservation and Wildlife Fund
  • Foundation - Virbac
  • Network for the Evaluation of One Health
  • African bushcamps foundation
  • Cordio - east africa
  • European Union
  • Exeter University
  • Lion reserve
  • L Fremer
  • WildCRU - Wildlife Conservation Research Unit
  • Wild Programme - Wildlife in Livelihood Development
  • World Bank
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