The link between conservaiton and heritage (in particular cultural heritage) is gradually gaining traction. Since 2005 I have produced literature in the form of scholarly publications illustrating how failure to link cultural heritage with environmental conservation by both nature and culture practitioners and scholars is creating a shortfall when it comes to conservation of the overall environment. This is largely the case in African contexts. Consequently the literature on this same subject has also been thin on the ground.
I am however comforted to be reviewing literature from scholars that shows they are now hot on the heels of linking environmental conservation with heritage conservation, showing that the light is now turning to shine on this important link. In particular the following two books that i recently reviewed are worth looking at:
#1 -https://www.degruyter.com/view/product/454854 – Perceptions of sustainability in heritage studies (Volume edited by Albert, M. 2015)My full review of this book forthcoming in journal Conservation of Monuments and Archaeological Sites (http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/ycma20/current)
- In summary the volume constitutes 18 contributions that are grouped into four themes of policy, theory, resources management, practice and methods. There are four sections that describe, discuss and illustrate the topic content. In my review of the book i opine that “…the most challenging aspect of sourcing out sustainability in heritage studies lies at the informal existence…that are nonetheless facing formal frameworks such as the World Heritage conventions and others.” *Access full review @ http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/ycma20/current
#2. http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ucl-press/browse-books/conservation-of-natural-and-cultural-heritage-in-kenya – Conservation of Natural and Cultural Heritage in Kenya (volume edited by Deisser A., and Njuguna M. (2016)
**My full review of this book forthcoming in International Journal of Heritage Studies (http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rjhs20)
- In summary the book volume has 14 chapters by a variety of authors, enough to cover African heritage, be it tangible or intangible, cultural or natural. In my review i opine that “Cultural heritage is not yet acknowledged and recognized as part and parcel of conservation policy in African landscapes, and the battle to place it in a visible spot is at an infant stage. More and more researchers like…in this volume are needed to cement the relevance of African heritage in modern day social development.”
*Access full review @ http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rjhs20
If you are a scholar of heritage studies who wants to see differences in approach to both natural and cultural heritage conservation, not just management, get yourselves the copies.