Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy

Culture, Spirituality and Conservation

The Culture, Spirituality and Conservation (CSC) Theme focuses on increasing understanding of the relationships between culture, biocultural heritage, spirituality and equitable governance in conservation, sustainable development, and environmental and cultural policy.
Local people fishing in Tanguar Hoar, Bangladesh 2007
Theme on Culture, Spirituality and Conservation Chairs
Kevin Chang, Chair - CEESP Theme on Culture, Spirituality and Conservation  Ashley Massey, CEESP Co-chair Vatosoa Rakotondrazafy, Co-chair Culture, Spirituality and Conservation
Kevin Chang
Ashley Massey
Vatsoa Rakotondrazafy

The theme will provide technical advice on evolving norms, policies and the implementation of the World Heritage Convention and other protection efforts, as well as assessments of proposed natural heritage sites, mixed natural and cultural sites, or cultural landscapes with attention to the rights and livelihoods of Indigenous peoples and local communities. 

The theme will also explore themes of spirituality, sacred and cultural sites, and faith based movements related to conservation and climate change. It will do so through specialist groups, topic specific taskforces and working groups.


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