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Applied Ecology and Environmental Sciences. 2017, 5(2), 24-34
DOI: 10.12691/aees-5-2-1
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Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources through Spirituality

Chandra Prakash Kala1,

1Ecosystem & Environment Management, Indian Institute of Forest Management, Nehru Nagar, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

Pub. Date: May 31, 2017

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Chandra Prakash Kala. Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources through Spirituality. Applied Ecology and Environmental Sciences. 2017; 5(2):24-34. doi: 10.12691/aees-5-2-1


Conservation of nature and natural resources has been a much challenging task in the present state of affairs where economy prevails over ecology. International treaties and conventions are signed and policies, laws and Acts have been enacted by the countries across the world, however, hostilities remain while applying the protected area policies which largely deprive indigenous communities from their traditional rights. It hurts their feelings and hence changes their behaviour, which impacts the objective, negatively. Historically, religion being a product of feelings and beliefs has been used as a powerful tool for nature conservation. Making age-old religious entities such as sacred landscapes, sacred groves and sacred species by various cultural groups are the live manifestations of historical, cultural and emotional attachment of human beings with nature and natural resources. The philosophy of religion can continue to be used as a powerful tool for mitigating negative impacts of current anthropogenic pressures on the nature and its resources. With this background, the present review aims to analyse various practices of nature and natural resource conservation as embedded in the religions.

nature natural resources conservation religion sacred landscape sacred grove

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