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Sacred hills of the Toda people of South India: A plea for world heritage status

Publications Posted on: October 06, 2015
Abstract-The Todas worship scores of hilltops where they believe their principal deities or clan-specific local gods reside. It is thus considered sacrilege even to point towards such a deity peak with one's finger. It is also no coincidence at all that the area in and around the Toda sacred-landscape, where their major hill deities are believed to reside, has come to constitute in recent times, the core of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.

Wilderness, biodiversity, and human health

Publications Posted on: October 06, 2015
This paper illustrates how wilderness, biodiversity, and human health are intertwined. Proceeding from the assumption that humankind is part of, rather than apart from, nature, health is re-imagined as a dynamic relationship that can best be conceived in broad ecological terms. Health, from an ecological perspective, is a measure of the wellness of the individual and the ecosystem considered together.

Protecting public values on private lands in the state of Maine, USA

Publications Posted on: October 06, 2015
The State of Maine in the US is 94% privately owned, and is the most forested state in the country. Fifteen years ago, Maine ranked last among US eastern states in its percentage of land under conservation; today it ranks near the top. The Nature Conservancy and its many partners have achieved this extraordinary turn-around through a combination of bold acquisitions and strategic innovations.

Conservation easements in the Adirondack Park of New York state

Publications Posted on: October 06, 2015
The use of conservation easements to keep private lands undeveloped and protect open space and large scale landscapes has grown rapidly. The New York State Adirondack Park includes 2.5 million acres (1 million ha) of state owned land and 3 million acres (1.2 million ha) of private lands; over 781,000 acres (316,194 ha) of these private lands were under publicly held conservation easement by 2012.

Camdeboo-Mountain Zebra National Park Corridor: Opportunities for conservation and socio-economic development

Publications Posted on: October 06, 2015
The Wilderness Foundation, in partnership with South African National Parks has initiated a two year project in the Karoo; The Mountain Zebra-Camdeboo Corridor Project. Through either voluntary Contractual National Park or Protected Environment agreements, the project aims to work with, rather than displace, current conservation-compatible land-use practices such as ecotourism, livestock grazing and other sustainable resource use.

Using biodiversity stewardship as a means to secure the natural wild values on communal land in South Africa

Publications Posted on: October 06, 2015
South Africa is one of the most biodiversity-rich countries in the world, with much valuable biodiversity situated on a range of different land tenure types, including state, private and communal land. Despite this, these wild lands are being lost at an unprecedented rate, with the resultant loss of natural areas and associated ecosystem services.

Evaluating social-ecological aspects of buffer zones at the borders of Etosha National Park, Namibia

Publications Posted on: October 06, 2015
The study aims to investigate the premise that the implementation of a buffer zone around a national park provides opportunities for local communities to become active in the management of such areas. The study focuses on the Etosha National Park in Namibia, where the implementation of a buffer zone has been proposed, since the park fence is a potential barrier for ecosystem and social-ecological integrity.

Public values of the Antarctic wilderness: A comparison of university students in Spain and the United States

Publications Posted on: October 06, 2015
This paper summarizes preliminary results of a research study that investigated university students' perceptions of Antarctic wilderness and reports on discussions of these results at a workshop held at the 10th World Wilderness Congress.

A big blank white canvas? Mapping and modeling human impact in Antarctica

Publications Posted on: October 06, 2015
Antarctica is certainly what most people would consider being the world's last great wilderness; largely untouched and undeveloped by humans. Yet it is not inviolate - there are scientific bases, tourist operations, expeditions, airstrips and even roads.

Direct and mediated experiences of wilderness spirituality: Implications for wilderness managers and advocates

Publications Posted on: October 06, 2015
As a result of its elevated level of consciousness, the human species has been engaged in the quest for an ultimate meaning of life and what lies beyond life and death for millennia. Many of these spiritual or religious perspectives have been closely linked to each society's relationship with wild nature.

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