14 Jul Workshop on sacred natural sites in Eastern Himalayas
WWF and it’s Living Himalayas, Initiative in collaboration with the government of Bhutan, orginised a workshop aiming in bringing together religious leaders, government officials and conservationists in an attempt to explore the best ways to protect the sacred natural sites in the region.
The workshop, entitled “Sacred Natural Sites, Bio-cultural Diversity & Climate Change in the Eastern Himalayas”, was held in Bhutan on 17-19 May 2010. The main aims of this event were:
– to document the sacred natural sites in the Eastern Himalayan region (Bhutan, India and Nepal) and confirm their importance to the conservation of the region’s bio-cultural diversity;
– to engage faith groups further in practical conservation and
– to explore the increasing threats and adaptation needs of faith communities in the face of rapidly changing climatic conditions.
“In the Himalayas the whole place is sacred, but there are many more specific places that have an even more special status for the different traditions that are prominent here” said Liza Higgins Zogib (Manager, People and Conservation, WWF International).