Massey Marks, A., Fisher, J. B., and Bhagwat, S. A. (2020). Do dragons prevent deforestation? The Gambia’s sacred forests. In T. F. Thornton & S. A. Bhagwat (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Indigenous Environmental Knowledge (pp. 275-298). Taylor & Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315270845
Massey Marks, A., Porodong, P., & Bhagwat, S. A. (2020). Incorporating social-ecological systems into protected area networks: Territories and areas conserved by Indigenous Peoples and local communities (ICCAs) in Malaysian Borneo. In T. F. Thornton & S. A. Bhagwat (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Indigenous Environmental Knowledge (pp. 366-391). Taylor & Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315270845
Short film by IUCN CEESP Theme on Culture, Spirituality and Conservation
and SCB Religion and Conservation Biology Working Group
I really enjoyed working on this film with Chantal Elkin, President of SCB Religion and Conservation Biology Working Group and Head of Values & Beliefs Programme at WWF.
The Culture, Spirituality and Conservation Photo Exhibition was shown at the
Communities, Conservation & Livelihoods Conference in Halifax, Canada. The
exhibition was presented by the International Union for the Conservation of
Nature (IUCN) Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy
(CEESP) Theme on Culture, Spirituality and Conservation (CSC) and
The digital exhibition is hosted by Flickr.
It was a pleasure serving on the Culture-Nature Journey's Distillery at the
ICOMOS 19th General Assembly & Scientific Symposium in Delhi. Here is the
Distillery presenting the Culture-Nature Journey's Declaration at the closing
ceremony. The Declaration is available here. For more information about the
Culture-Nature Journey, see here.
Over 400,000 people marched for climate action in the People's Climate March in New York City. Rolling Stone profiled me and some of the other marchers.
A brief communication "Beware the animals that dance: Conservation as an unintended outcome of cultural practices" was published in Society, Biology & Human Affairs: Volume 76 Number 2, 2011.
A news article in the Daily Express offers an update on Gumantong, the case study of the brief communication.
For more info, see the project site:
Friends of Gumantung-Intob Community Forest, Matunggong.
An article in the Guardian, "Save our sacred woodlands," highlighted the Religious Forest Sites Mapping Project.
Oxford's School of Geography and the Environment ranked #1 university geography department in the world!
An article on my research of customary conservation in the Gambia, West Africa, and Malaysian Borneo appeared in the Keble Review. PDF available for download below.
The Religious Forest Sites Mapping Project was featured on BBC Radio 4's Saving Species Programme Episode 27, which aired on Tuesday 22 Nov 2011 at 11:00 and Thursday 24 Nov 2011 at 21:00. The shows are archived on the BBC Radio 4 Saving Species website.
The Religious Forest Sites Mapping Project featured in newspapers including
The Times of India and The Church of England Newspaper.
UBrainTV conducted an interview and recorded a lecture on the Religious Forest Sites Mapping Project.
A brief article on Mongabay cited my presentation "Do mythical dragons, dancing animals, and nature spirits prevent deforestation? Case studies in the Gambia, West Africa, and Sabah, Malaysian Borneo" at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation.