Biodiversity priority areas and religions: a global analysis of spatial overlap

Mikusinski, Grzegorz, Possingham, Hugh P. and Blicharska, Malgorzata (2014) Biodiversity priority areas and religions: a global analysis of spatial overlap. Oryx, 48 1: 17-22. doi:10.1017/S0030605312000993

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Author Mikusinski, Grzegorz
Possingham, Hugh P.
Blicharska, Malgorzata
Title Biodiversity priority areas and religions: a global analysis of spatial overlap
Journal name Oryx   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0030-6053
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S0030605312000993
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 48
Issue 1
Start page 17
End page 22
Total pages 6
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Language eng
Abstract Numerous solutions have been proposed to slow the accelerating loss of biodiversity. Thinking about biodiversity conservation has not, however, been incorporated into the everyday activities of most individuals and nations. Conservation scientists need to refocus on strategies that reshape ethical attitudes to nature and encourage pro-environmental thinking and lifestyles. Religions are central to basic beliefs and ethics that influence people's behaviour and should be considered more seriously in biodiversity discourse. Using data from the World Religion Database we conducted an analysis of the spatial overlap between major global religions and seven templates for prioritizing biodiversity action. Our analysis indicated that the majority of these focal areas are situated in countries dominated by Christianity, and particularly the Roman Catholic denomination. Moreover, the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches appear to have the greatest per capita opportunity to influence discourse on biodiversity, notwithstanding the role of other religious communities in some key biodiversity areas.
Keyword Biodiversity templates
Environmental attitudes
Environmental ethics
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Online publication: 28 August 2013.

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