Recognising indigenous “sacred areas” could double amount of protected land worldwide
CIFOR Forest News, 23 October 2012

HYDERABAD, INDIA: Recognizing areas conserved by indigenous peoples could double the amount of land designated as protected worldwide, said representatives attending the Convention on Biological Diversity conference last week. Whether a grove in the Khasi hills of Northeast India from which nothing can be removed, or an Ethiopian gudo boulder surrounded by forest where shamans can summon or stop the rain, sacred areas are not only rich in biodiversity but vital to keeping communities intact. Granting recognition to these natural sites that have long been identified by communities as sacred may also help build trust between the conservation community and indigenous people who often feel like their needs and desires are overlooked, said representatives from Asia and Africa attending the conference. In addition, it would help legitimize TK in the modern arena, and bring young tribal members back to their own cultures. Read the post …