Recognition and conservation of sacred natural sites in protected areas
International Union for the Conservation of Nature2009
This resolution states that urgent action is necessary for the conservation and proper management of sacred natural sites that are within or close to protected areas. It calls on (1) government agencies and non-governmental organizations to recognize the rights, abilities and knowledge possessed by local custodians, be they indigenous people or related to mainstream religions, in relation to the management of resources and ecosystems associated with sacred natural sites; (2) conservation agencies to work with local communities and indigenous traditional communities and to support them in addressing threats to natural sites, through better management of these sites and the adoption of policies and legislation where appropriate; (3) managers and bodies responsible for protected areas to recognize the cultural and spiritual values of sacred natural sites within the boundaries of these areas, and to recognize and promote the rights and interests of communities and organizations to manage and use wherever possible these sites as places for cultural and spiritual realization. It also calls for additional investment in public education and international networks devoted to the conservation and protection of natural sites and appeals to the conservation community to promote and participate fully in intercultural dialogue and conflict resolution with indigenous peoples, local communities and mainstream religions to improve the collaborative protection of sacred natural sites.
IUCN. “Res 4.038. Recognition and conservation of sacred natural sites in protected areas”. In: IUCN. 2008 World Conservation Congress. Resolutions and Recommendations. [S.l.]: IUCN, 2009.