Playing God with History? Creating 'wild nature' from living landscapes

Brown, Steve (2008) Playing God with History? Creating 'wild nature' from living landscapes. In: 16th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Finding the spirit of place – between the tangible and the intangible’, 29 sept – 4 oct 2008, Quebec, Canada. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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In Australia today, many protected areas are being actively created as solely 'natural' landscapes. Peoples’ social and spiritual attachments to these landscapes are not being adequately recognised or effectively integrated into management planning and practice. A failure to incorporate social and spiritual values into protected area management is a threat to peoples’ continued attachment and belonging to special places. The paper examines the way in which the discourse of ecosystem management can ‘displace’ culture and heritage from many protected areas. It is argued that environmental history and cultural landscape approaches offer ways of addressing the need to integrate understandings of attachment, identity and place, central to the concept of ‘spirit of place’, into protected area management.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Brown, Steve
Languages: English
Keywords: landscapes; conservation; management; protected areas; cultural landscapes; social values; spiritual values; spirit of place
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 11. Historic landscapes
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 06. Cultural landscapes
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2010 07:32
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:12
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