The intersections of biological diversity and cultural diversity: Towards integration Article

Pretty, J, Adams, B, Berkes, F et al. (2009). The intersections of biological diversity and cultural diversity: Towards integration . 7(2), 100-112. 10.4103/0972-4923.58642

cited authors

  • Pretty, J; Adams, B; Berkes, F; De Athayde, SF; Dudley, N; Hunn, E; Maffi, L; Milton, K; Rapport, D; Robbins, P; Sterling, E; Stolton, S; Tsing, A; Vintinner, E; Pilgrim, S

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abstract

  • There is an emerging recognition that the diversity of life comprises both biological and cultural diversity. In the past, however, it has been common to make divisions between nature and culture, arising partly out of a desire to control nature. The range of interconnections between biological and cultural diversity are reflected in the growing variety of environmental sub-disciplines that have emerged. In this article, we present ideas from a number of these sub-disciplines. We investigate four bridges linking both types of diversity (beliefs and worldviews, livelihoods and practices, knowledge bases and languages, and norms and institutions), seek to determine the common drivers of loss that exist, and suggest a novel and integrative path forwards. We recommend that future policy responses should target both biological and cultural diversity in a combined approach to conservation. The degree to which biological diversity is linked to cultural diversity is only beginning to be understood. But it is precisely as our knowledge is advancing that these complex systems are under threat. While conserving nature alongside human cultures presents unique challenges, we suggest that any hope for saving biological diversity is predicated on a concomitant effort to appreciate and protect cultural diversity.

publication date

  • January 1, 2009

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

start page

  • 100

end page

  • 112

volume

  • 7

issue

  • 2