Despite decades of attention and advocacy, tropical forests are still falling at rapid rates worldwide. This is an interesting article about the research focus of Dr Bhagwat, an environmental geographer interested in people’s cultural and spiritual values highlighting it is very possible to bridge a perceived gap between conservation scientists and much of the world’s faith community, simply by scientists learning how to speak to people of faith. According to Bhagwat: “Culturally-protected forests are common everywhere in the tropics…but I think they have remained the ‘unsung heroes’ of tropical forest conservation thus far.” However, there is hope, “After all, both faith and conservation have a moral outlook. If conservation movement is to make more friends, then faith groups can make valuable partners on the basis of a shared moral agenda”
Read the full article on Mongabay News.