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Ecosystem services and sacred natural sites: reconciling material and non-material values in nature conservation

Bhagwat, Shonil A. (2009). Ecosystem services and sacred natural sites: reconciling material and non-material values in nature conservation. Environmental Values, 18(4) pp. 417–427.

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Abstract

Ecosystems services are provisions that humans derive from nature. Ecologists trying to value ecosystems have proposed five categories of these services: preserving, supporting, provisioning, regulating and cultural. While this ecosystem services framework attributes ‘material’ value to nature, sacred natural sites are areas of ‘non-material’ spiritual significance to people. Can we reconcile the material and non-material values? Ancient classical traditions recognise five elements of nature: earth, water, air, fire and ether. This commentary demonstrates that the perceived properties of these elements correspond with the ecosystem services framework. Whilst the two can be reconciled, the ‘elements of nature’ framework is argued to be more suitable to make a case for conservation of sacred natural sites because it can be attractive to traditional societies whilst being acceptable to Western science.

Item Type: Article
Copyright Holders: 2009 The White Horse Press
ISSN: 1752-7015
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
International Development & Inclusive Innovation
Item ID: 37017
Depositing User: Shonil Bhagwat
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2013 09:30
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2017 04:09
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/37017
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