The International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) Specialist Group on Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas (CSVPA) is a global network of experts including conservation professionals, heritage practitioners, policy makers, academics, government representatives, community members, custodians, and representatives of religious organisations.
We are concerned with those cultural and spiritual values that support, foster and respect nature and the variety of cultures that the Earth sustains. As a Specialist Group of the World Commission of Protected Areas (WCPA), we have a sharp focus on protected areas. However, protected areas are cultural creations that interact with wider human culture, as well as being set against a background of nature and the sacred dimension of nature as a whole. This is our current work plan →