Special Opportunities for Conserving Cultural and Biological Diversity: The Co-occurrence of Indigenous Languages and UNESCO Natural World Heritage Sites

Romaine, Suzanne and Gorenflo, L.J. (2019) Special Opportunities for Conserving Cultural and Biological Diversity: The Co-occurrence of Indigenous Languages and UNESCO Natural World Heritage Sites. In: 2018 US/ICOMOS Symposium "Forward Together: A Culture-Nature Journey Towards More Effective Conservation in a Changing World", November 13-14, 2018, San Francisco, California. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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PART 2. RECOGNIZING INTANGIBLE HERITAGE AND DIVERSE PERSPECTIVES - Intangible Heritage as a Driver of Cultural Landscape Management and Holistic Conservation /// Recent research indicates that speakers of indigenous languages often live in or near United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Natural World Heritage Sites (WHSs). Because language is a key index of cultural diversity, examining global patterns of co-occurrence between languages and these sites provides a means of identifying opportunities to conserve both culture and nature, especially where languages, WHSs, or both are recognized as endangered. This paper summarizes instances when indigenous languages share at least part of their geographic extent with Natural WHSs. We consider how this co-occurrence introduces the potential to coordinate conservation of nature and sociocultural systems at these localities, particularly with respect to the recently issued UNESCO policy on engaging indigenous people and the forthcoming International Year of Indigenous Languages. The paper concludes by discussing how the presence of indigenous people at UNESCO Natural WHSs introduces important opportunities for co-management that enable resident indigenous people to help conserve their language and culture along with the natural settings where they occur. We discuss briefly the example of Australia as a nation exploring opportunities for employing and strengthening such coordinated conservation efforts.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Romaine, Suzanne
Gorenflo, L.J.
Languages: English
Keywords: linguistic diversity; languages; indigenous people; indigenous cultures; world heritage sites; protected areas; intangible heritage; nature culture integration; coordinated conservation; social aspects; ethnological aspects; community-based management; case studies; australia; USA
Subjects: E. CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 07. Management
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 17. Intangible cultural heritage
J. HERITAGE ECONOMICS > 05. Heritage and sustainable development
M. WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION > 02. World Cultural and Natural Heritage
N. ANTHROPOLOGY > 03. Ethnology
O. INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
O. INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 02. Oral traditions and expressions (including language)
Name of monument, town, site, museum: UNESCO
National Committee: United States of America
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2018 US/ICOMOS Symposium
Depositing User: ICOMOS DocCentre
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2020 11:04
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2020 11:04
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