[posted on 02 May 2008]
The Delos Initiative at the International workshop
of the Task Force on Protected Landscape, North York Moors National
Park, England, April-May 2008
IUCN-International Task Force on Protected Landscapes, met in
Scarborough, North York Moors National Park, England, UK, from 27th
April to 1st May 2008, hosted by the National Park. Members of the Task
Force come from North America, South America and The Caribbean, Europe,
Africa, and Asia.
Four people from the Task Force on CSVPA were invited to participate by
Jessica Brown, TF leader: Rob Wild, leader, Guillermo Rodrígez-Navarro,
deputy-chair; Josep-Maria Mallarach, for the joint co-ordination of The
Delos Initiative, and Gloria Pungetti, director of the Cambridge Centre
Themes of common interest and positives synergies between both Task
Forces and the Theme on Indigenous and Local Communities, Equity and
protected Areas were present since the beginning of the workshop until
the Symposium of the last day, which gathered a good representation of
managers from several national parks of England and Scotland.
Josep-Maria Mallarach presented the work done by The Delos Initiative
during the last four years, as well as the volume on cultural and
spiritual values of protected landscapes he is currently editing, the
second volume of the Values of Protected Landscapes series.
In addition to the TF members, several participants discussed sacred
natural sites during their presentations: Gregorio Ch’oc focused in the
struggles of native people of Belize to conserve sacred sites and the
significance of using the concept of “Mother Earth” instead of nature.
Neema Pathak presented a number of sacred groves of India found in
community conserved areas. Prabdhu Budhathoki discussed the significance
of sacred values of nature in Nepal. Finally, Carmen Miranda, WCPA
Regional Vice-Chair for South America presented sacred wetlands in the
Peruvians Andes, which had been carefully managed during centuries by
indigenous people, some of which are under threat because of modern
During the Symposium, an unexpected debate arouse about the role of the
spiritual values of nature conservation, and the fact that most of these
values are more or less hidden in the present day protected areas of
Britain. A number of suggestions were discussed, mainly the
possibilities that arts offer to try to reconnect people with the
deepest values of nature.