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Religious and Spiritual Aspects of Wetland Management

  • Bas Verschuuren
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The spiritual significance of wetlands is closely related to the religious, cultural and historic importance wetlands play in human well-being. Spirituality contributes significantly to wetland services and values but often remains overlooked and undervalued. Indigenous peoples’ spirituality is often directly related to wetlands being imbued by spirits while mainstream religions construct places of worship in wetlands. Pilgrimages the world over follow rivers and wetlands and in cases these can have a profound impact. Religious leaders can help protect wetlands and some incentives in international policy exist to assist policy makers and decision makers with this.


Amenity Religion Sacred natural sites Spirituality Wetlands 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sociology and Anthropology of Development GroupWageningen University and Research CentreWageningenThe Netherlands

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