A critical perspective on the concept of biocultural diversity and its emerging role in nature and heritage conservation

Peter Bridgewater, Ian D. Rotherham

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Abstract

The continuing losses of biodiversity around the world remain problematic for nature conservation. A fundamental issue that has triggered debates in nature conservation is the relationship between human culture, heritage and history, and nature expressed as ecology or biodiversity. Traditionally, nature conservation has been pursued separately from aspects of cultural heritage; a situation which seems perplexing when we consider the importance of traditional management in the maintenance of biodiversity in many areas now ‘protected’ for nature. To address these broad issues, fundamental to future landscape sustainability, we need to have clear definitions of concepts and terms. This paper considers the historical development of the key concepts that frame biocultural diversity and the paradigms relating to biocultural assets or eco-cultural landscapes. This is pertinent to both researchers and to practitioners or policymakers, and we suggest ways biocultural diversity can improve global conservation efforts. A free Plain Language Summary can be found within the Supporting Information of this article.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-304
Number of pages14
JournalPeople and Nature
Volume1
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jul 2019

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