Human Ecology

, Volume 39, Issue 3, pp 389–390 | Cite as

Bas Verschuuren, Robert Wild, Jeffrey A. McNeely and Gonzalo Oviedo (eds): Sacred Natural Sites: Conserving Nature and Culture

London, UK: Earthscan Publications 2010. ISBN 978-1-84971-167-8 (paperback). x+310 pages, index
  • James P. Robson

This is one of a number of recent books that Earthscan has published in association with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) that look at alternative approaches to conservation based around the interconnections between biological and cultural diversity. Where this book differs is that it marks a first comprehensive attempt to understand the role played by ‘sacred natural sites,’ their prevalence across the globe, and their potential for meeting biodiversity conservation goals in the twenty-first century. It thus fills an important gap in the environmental and conservation literature; it is international in its scope, it brings together contributions from respected academics (from both the natural and social sciences) and practitioners (representing government, NGO and community organizations), and it is well organised into succinct and consistently formatted sections and chapters (something that cannot be said for all edited volumes). In introducing the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Natural Resources InstituteUniversity of ManitobaWinnipegCanada

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