Reflections on the situational and relational contexts of cultural and spiritual significance of nature in protected and conserved areas

Bas Verschuuren, S. Brown

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Abstract

This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on the key concepts discussed in the preceding chapters of this book. The book argues that the 'cultural and spiritual significance of nature' is among the most compelling drivers of people's motivations to engage with, protect, and conserve the natural environment. It presents a legal framework for 'spiritual governance' and examines its implications for the management and governance of protected and conserved areas. The book also argues that the 'cultural and spiritual significance of nature' is part of a deeply seated bond that can exist between individuals, groups, and communities and their special places. It examines the concept of 'authenticity' as a device through which to explore the challenges of working within systems typically segregated between nature and culture and between natural and cultural heritage management. The book provides much optimism for the future of cross-cultural and cross-collaborative work.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCultural and Spiritual Significance of Nature in Protected Areas
Subtitle of host publicationGovernance, Management and Policy
EditorsB. Verschuuren, S. Brown
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter20
Pages292-304
ISBN (Electronic)9781315108186
ISBN (Print)9781138091184, 9781138091191
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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