Call for Abstracts for Presentations on:
SACRED NATURAL SITES:
“An ancient Asian philosophy and practice with fundamental significance to protected areas”.
Deadline for submission: 15th June, 2013
IUCN WCPA Japan, the Biodiversity Network Japan and the Sacred Natural Sites Initiative in collaboration with the IUCN WCPA Specialist group on Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas invite abstracts focused on the modern significance of sacred natural sites and the practice and operation of protected areas with reference, where appropriate, to an Asian Philosophy of Protected Areas.
In addition to description and analysis of the culture and tradition of sacred natural sites and their position in protected areas, authors can also outline challenges faced in the efforts to maintain culture and tradition in the face of strong modernising forces.
- To what extent do Sacred Natural Sites form the backbone of many protected areas in Asia, e.g. their cultural, spiritual and philosophical underpinnings?
- What is the modern relevance of Ancestral Sacred Natural Sites to Protected Areas and how can this be better recognised and the traditional guardians be engaged?
- How can we improve management effectiveness, governance and equity of Sacred Natural Sites within and outside government protected areas in Asia?
Sources of reference:
- The Best Practice Guideline No16: Sacred Natural Sites – Guidelines for Protected Area Managers,
- The WCC-2012-Rec-147 Sacred natural sites – support for custodian protocols and customary laws in the face of global threats and challenges.
Under Theme 3 on Culture, Tradition and Protected Areas this 2.5 Hour session will include 6 presentations and discussion with some 60 to a 100 participants.
Submission of abstracts:
- Bring together guardians, conservation practitioners, protected area specialists and others in the recognition, conservation and management of sacred natural sites,
- Understand their biocultural conservation relevance today as ancient commons and ancestral protected areas,
- Review recent conservation initiatives for their development into online case studies with special reference to the review and testing of the IUCN-UNESCO Guidelines,
- Develop short online presentation of the case studies presented in this session following a simple format. Click here to see examples of online presentations and download the case study template.
- Identification of case study sites for implementing and testing of the IUCN UNESCO Guidelines, BPG16 on Sacred Natural Sites,
- Bring some of the case studies and lessons learned to the World Parks Congress in 2014.
Side event and field trip:
The organisers are currently exploring the opportunity of an additional side event for protected area managers, scientists and guardians as well as a Sacred Natural Sites related field trip.
Limited financial support is available to assist 3 indigenous Guardians and/or Protected Area experts from Asian Developing countries with their travel costs kindly provided by Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund. We are especially interested in supporting Guardians that are managing their own Sacred Natural Sites in the context of a State Protected Area or an Indigenous and Community Conserved Area (ICCA). Experience with the IUCN UNESCO Guidelines on Sacred Natural Sites would be welcome. For support funding please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.