The Theme on Culture and Conservation (TCC) was convened in early 2005 with a core group of members drawn primarily from contributors to the publication of a dedicated volume of Policy Matters, “History, Culture and Conservation”. The membership has expanded over the past 8 years and now includes culturally and nationally diverse members from all areas of the globe.
The main purpose of TCC is to improve knowledge, policy and practice through linking cultural and biological diversity.
Specific objectives are:
- To publicise and reinforce the relationship between culture and conservation in conservation, environmental policy, and cultural policy;
- to sustain and strengthen biocultural diversity in the present and future by acknowledging and drawing on diverse forms of knowledge; and,
- to recognise and support the linkages between cultural expressions of indigenous and local communities and the environment