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Sacred Sites

In 2003, with WWF International, ARC proposed to the World Park’s Congress that the term “Sacred Site” should become an international term of protection. 2005 then witnessed the launch of ARC’s publication “Beyond Belief” in association with the WWF and Equilibrium. The report recognised the importance people attached to protecting their sacred lands, linking faiths and protected areas to support biodiversity conservation.

ARC participated in the World Conservation Congress in Barcelona as part of our programme on Sacred Sites with UNDP, Conservation International, WWF International and the World Bank.

Also, as a specific contribution to the growing engagement between mainstream faiths and environmental organisations, ARC launched the “Theology of Land” project in summer 2008, supported by the Christiansen Fund, to work with faiths in defining a Theology of Land. Through this programme ARC hopes to develop a shared platform of concern and action helping to better protect the vast swathes of the world which the major faiths each view as sacred. To do this, we are inviting the major faiths to articulate their own Theology of Land. Link to Theology of Land programme.


Links

Link here for more details of ARC’s Sacred Land Project.

Link to ARC's Theology of Land Programme

Link here for ARC's news story about the IUCN motion passed in October 2008 for “Recognition and Conservation of Sacred Natural Sites in Protected Areas” - building on many years of discussions and work by ARC and fellow conservation groups.

To read the full text of the IUCN motion, link here.

Link here to read news of IUCN and UNESCO guidelines for sacred sites in protected areas.

For details about the use of assets in the ARC-UN 7 Year Plan link here.

Link here for information of ARC and WWF International's Beyond Belief Publication.

And here for details of Mongolian Buddhist sacred sites.

Please note the link below will take you to external websites.

Link here to view the work of Martin Gray, an anthropologist and photographer specializing in the study of sacred sites and pilgrimage traditions around the world. Martin is a photographer for National Geographic.


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