This paper chronicles the evolution of the IUCN Specialist Group on the Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas (CSVPA) with a focus on the development of its current Cultural and Spiritual Nature Program, which includes IUCN Best Practices Guidelines, a peer-reviewed book, training modules, case studies, and a network -- all dedicated to promoting and integrating the cultural and spiritual significance of nature in the management and governance of protected and conserved areas. The program is being developed in conjunction with the IUCN ICOMOS Nature Culture and Culture Nature Journeys and seeks to create a comprehensive approach to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage. Six principles distilled from the input of 200 international experts and reviewers through editorial work and workshops at the World Parks Congress in Australia, the World Conservation Congress in Hawai’i, and the Isle of Vilm in Germany provide key insights and lessons learned. The paper concludes with next steps for implementing the Best Practice Guidelines through the development of training modules and workshops and a network for providing support and sharing experiences.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 2018 US/ICOMOS Symposium|
|Editors||N. Mitchell, A. St. Clair, J. Brown, B. Barrett, A. Rodríguez|
|Place of Publication||San Francisco|
|Number of pages||18|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
|Event||2018 US/ICOMOS Symposium - San Francisco, United States|
Duration: 13 Nov 2018 → 14 Nov 2018
|Conference||2018 US/ICOMOS Symposium|
|Period||13/11/18 → 14/11/18|
Bernbaum, E., & Verschuuren, B. (2019). The Cultural and Spiritual Significance of Nature in the Management and Governance of Protected Areas and World Heritage Sites. In N. Mitchell, A. St. Clair, J. Brown, B. Barrett, & A. Rodríguez (Eds.), Proceedings of the 2018 US/ICOMOS Symposium San Francisco: US/ICOMOS.