Earlier in 2012 the Sacred Natural Sites Initiative visited the Guatemalan Mayan Conference of Spiritual Leaders, Oxlajuj Ajpop. During a long ride at the back of a lorry, Oxlajuj Ajpop’s director Felipe Gomez explains how Mayan people are currently struggling to restore a network of ancestral sacred natural sites that are increasingly threatened by resource […]
The Sacred Natural Site Initiative regularly features “Conservation Experiences” of custodians, protected area managers, scientists and other’s. This time we are featuring the experience of Ms. Radhika Borde who has worked with and supported Adivasi culture and development both, as a researcher and activist. Radhika is currently a PhD. researcher at Wageningen University and Research Centre in the Netherlands […]
Practitioners, scientists, and Indigenous community members from ten different countries met at the University of Georgia to share their work on indigenous revival and the conservation of sacred sites (5-7 April 2012). As part of the inauguration of the Neothropical Montology Collaboratory led by Fausto Sarmiento, most of the work focused on sacred mountains with […]
Indigenous Protected Areas deliver significant biodiversity, social and cultural benefits and constitute 27% of Australia’s National Reserve System. In the spirit of “both ways” learning and management the Dhimurru and Yirralka’s Indigenous Rangers joined hands with the Sacred Natural Sites Initiative. This approach helped bring Aboriginal knowledge and contemporary conservation approaches together during a workshop on sacred sites management.
The Sacred Natural Site Initiative regularly features “Conservation Experiences” of custodians, protected area managers, scientists and other’s. This time we are featuring the experience of Dr. John Studley who is a Fellow of the (British) Royal Geographical Society. He has spent most of his life in high Asia working as an ethno-forestry consultant. Click here for […]
The Centre for Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Organisational Development, CIKOD in Ghana has been awarded a grant from the New England Biolabs Foundation, NEBF, in support of their community conservation efforts of sacred groves in North West Ghana. CIKOD’s Mission is to strengthen the capacities of communities through traditional authorities (TAs) such as and local institutions […]
In this video, the Sacred Natural Sites Initiative asked twelve people in twelve minutes what they think a sacred natural site is and what it means to them.
From 2 – 6 November 2011, some 30 Europeans participated in a workshop on the Spiritual Values of Protected Areas of Europe.
Sacred natural sites can be mysterious and intriguing places. How comes sacred forest groves have been maintained in India throughout times of modern day development? What social mechanisms lay at the basis of the customary governance of sacred lakes of the Niger Delta? Is the biodiversity preserved in sacred natural sites a by-product or an […]