Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas: Call for Case Studies and Experience Stories
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Posted by: Shannon K. Larson
Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas (CSVPA) is looking for case studies, experience stories and examples of guidelines for its Cultural and Spiritual Significance of Nature Programme.
The IUCN WCPA Specialist Group on Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected areas (CSVPA) is currently developing IUCN Best Practice Guidelines and training modules. The products are part of its programme on the promotion and integration of the cultural and spiritual significance of nature in the management and governance of protected and conserved areas.
Taking a broad approach, the project considers what nature and natural features, as well as wider land and seascapes, mean spiritually, culturally, and aesthetically to people of different cultures and societies, both traditional and modern. Seeking to be as inclusive as possible, the guidelines and training modules bring managers together with representatives of indigenous traditions and local communities, mainstream religions and the general public in order to make the management and governance of protected and conserved areas more sustainable, effective, and equitable. Read more about the programme in the concept note.
The case studies, experience stories, and examples of guidelines will be used in the development of IUCN-WCPA Best Practice Guidelines and training modules. Case studies will also be made available online at the CSVPA website and where appropriate could be shared with IUCN Panorama Initiative.
If you have a case study, experience story, or guideline example of relevance for the project, please follow the guidance and template available here.
For any additional information or for making a contribution to the Cultural and Spiritual Significance of Nature Programme, please contact the CSVPA Co-Chairs Bas Verschuuren (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Edwin Bernbaum (email@example.com).