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The role of religion in linking conservation and development: Challenges and opportunities

Bhagwat, Shonil A.; Ormsby, Alison A. and Rutte, Claudia (2011). The role of religion in linking conservation and development: Challenges and opportunities. Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, 5(1) pp. 39–60.

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Abstract

The world’s religions have made a contribution to environmental conservation and sustainable development through faith-based non-governmental organizations. Partnerships between secular conservation and development organizations and faith-based groups, however, are not always easy. Such partnerships face various challenges, including differences in worldviews, conflict between identities, and the attitudes and behavior of religious groups that may not be favorable to conservation and development. Despite a possible overlap of values, these incompatibilities can often cause tensions between secular organizations and religious groups. A number of examples, however, suggest that faith-based groups are starting to address these incompatibilities. We suggest that partnerships with faith groups might be valuable because these groups can enhance public support for conservation and development. While secular organizations need to work with faith groups on the basis of shared ethical or moral values, identifying effective ways to strengthen the linkages between secular organizations and faith groups is also necessary.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2011 Equinox Publishing Ltd
ISSN: 1749-4915
Keywords: faith-based organizations; non-governmental organizations; cooperation; conservation of natural resources; sustainable development; religious aspects of nature; ethics and religion; environmental ethics; world view; conflict management; organic farming
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Geography
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 37007
Depositing User: Shonil Bhagwat
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2013 13:42
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2020 09:03
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/37007
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