Sacred Species and Sites: Advances in Biocultural Conservation

Sacred Species and Sites: Advances in Biocultural Conservation

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Cambridge University Press, 7/19/2012
EAN 9780521110853, ISBN10: 0521110858

Hardcover, 500 pages, 24.7 x 17.4 x 2.7 cm
Language: English

It is being increasingly recognised that cultural and biological diversity are deeply linked and that conservation programmes should take into account the ethical, cultural and spiritual values of nature. With contributions from a range of scholars, practitioners and spiritual leaders from around the world, this book provides new insights into biocultural diversity conservation. It explores sacred landscapes, sites, plants and animals from around the world to demonstrate the links between nature conservation and spiritual beliefs and traditions. Key conceptual topics are connected to case studies, as well as modern and ancient spiritual insights, guiding the reader through the various issues from fundamental theory and beliefs to practical applications. It looks forward to the biocultural agenda, providing guidelines for future research and practice and offering suggestions for improved integration of these values into policy, planning and management.

Part I. Concepts and Knowledge
Part II. Sacred Landscapes
Part III. Sacred Sites and People
Part IV. Sacred Species
Part V. Sacred Animals
Part VI. Sacred Groves and Plants
Part VII. Implementation and Conclusions.