Supported by the IUCN Specialist Group on the Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas, the World Commission on Protected Areas and IUCN, The Sacred Natural Sites Initiative works with custodians, traditional knowledge holders, conservationists, academics and others in support of the conservation and revitalisation of sacred natural sites and territories.

Get Involved
Would you like to contribute to the work of the Sacred Natural Sites Initiative? We are inviting custodians, supporting organisations, conservationists, scientists and others to:
  • Share news about sacred natural sites in your part of the world
  • Contribute case studies on sacred natural sites based on your work and experience
  • To review, test and translate the IUCN UNESCO Guidelines
  • Take the online survey
  • Contact us and tell us about your work and ideas
  • Let us know how you would like to collaborate with the Sacred Natural Sites Initiative.
  • Custodians of a sacred natural site and organisations supporting custodians are welcome to inquire about how they can assist the council of custodians and join the coalition.
    Gathering of sacred natural sites custodians, supporters and conservationists during a dialogue at the IUCN World Conservation Congress, Barcelona October 2008. At the congress, the Custodians also launched the “IUCN UNESCO Sacred Natural Sites, Guidelines for Protected Area Managers”. (Source: CSVPA and Sacred Land Film Project)


    The sacred Natural Sites Initiative is currently under development. We welcome and value your suggestions and questions regarding the Sacred Natural Sites Initiative, its organisation, structure, the website or any of the materials provided