Conserving the Sacred: For Biodiversity Management
P. S. Ramakrishnan, K. G. Saxena, U. M. Chandrashekara
Science Publishers, 1998 - Science - 480 pages
This text, sponsored by UNESCO, provides a critical evaluation of the sacred groves from a variety of perspectives: ecological, social, anthropological and cultural attributes of the sacred groves; spatial dimensions of the sacred, leading to species- and landscape-level analysis, determining ecosystem/langscape level functional attributes; the whole issue of managing the sacred in the contemporary climate of declining natural resources, land degradation and rehabilitation ecology; and management related policy implications.
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Sacredness and Sacred Forests
The Logos and the Mythos of the Sacred Grove
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