Readers of this website may be interested in a webinar presentation for REVIVE eCoexist that Dr Edwin Bernbaum, CSVPA Co-Chair, did recently on “Conserving Sacred Mountains: Badrinath and Mt. Kailas,” followed by a panel discussion with Prof. A.N. Purohit and Dr. P.P. Dhyan, both former directors of the G. B. Pant National Institute; Abhimanyu Pandey, formerly with ICIMOD; and Kai Weise with ICOMOS.
Here’s a link to a video of the webinar on YouTube:
Here’s a brief description of the presentation:
The sense of the sacred inspired by natural features, mountains in particular, has a crucial role to play in programs to preserve cultural and biological diversity. In a presentation illustrated with striking images, Edwin Bernbaum describes two projects that have taken this approach: one, to restore a sacred forest at Badrinath, the major pilgrimage shrine in the Indian Himalaya; the other to nominate Mount Kailas in Tibet/China and the pilgrimage routes leading to it from India and Nepal as an UNESCO trans-boundary World Heritage Site.
A response from a CSVPA-member who watched the webinar shared: “The webinar well captures the participatory efforts to conserve one of the most pristine natural resources in these sacred mountains in the Himalayas. This has been a long term process for all of you and it is worth appreciating”
As the links between spirituality and conservation are a focus area for eCoexist they also welcome other speakers from the CSVPA network who can present to our audiences in India …
They welcome speakers on the following topics:
1. Sacred landscapes
2. Deep Ecology
3. Inter faith efforts for conservation
4. The changing idea of pilgrimage
5. Cyclic world views and their implications for conservation
6. The spirit world