Growing conservation links: Heritage, environment, and sustainability literature

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 - – 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 (

  • 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 @


#2. – Conservation of Natural and Cultural Heritage in Kenya (volume edited by Deisser A., and Njuguna M. (2016)

Conservation of Natural and Cultural Heritage in Kenya Cover

**My full review of this book forthcoming in International Journal of Heritage Studies (

  • 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 @

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.




Dr Susan O. Keitumetse competed for and won two separate Commonwealth scholarships both to University of Cambridge, UK , where she pursued MPhil (Archaeological Heritage Management and Museums) and later on PhD (African cultural heritage and Sustainable Development). Before she had obtained a BA degree (Archaeology and Environmental Sciences) and Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Geography and History) from the University of Botswana. During her post-graduate studies, she combined both environmental science and archaeology disciplines to venture into the broader cultural and heritage management studies with a particular focus on sustainable development and cultural heritage management at the department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge. With a view to catalyze a linkage between environment and cultural heritage in Africa, Dr Keitumetse conducted various researches and published works that illustrate the relevance of cultural and heritage resources for the broader environmental conservation. She works at the University of Botswana’s Okavango Research Institute as a researcher in cultural heritage and tourism where she undertakes applied research in areas such as the Okavango inland Delta World Heritage Site and Kalahari areas. Of particular note is her developing conservation model of Community-Based Cultural Heritage Resources Management (COBACHREM) to guide local communities and practitioners’ initiatives towards sustainable use of cultural heritage resources for social development. Dr Keitumetse is an associate editor of the journal Environment, Development, and Sustainability published by Springer. She also sits in the editorial board of the international journal of community archaeology and heritage, published by Taylor and Francis, as well as the International Journal of Heritage and Sustainable Development published by Green Lines Institute, Portugal. Dr Keitumetse has both national and international experience from across the world. She has won academic grants for research fellowships in international institutions that include; the Rockefeller Fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA; the Watson Scholar Fellowship at Brown University in Rhode Island, USA and the Wenner-Gren Foundation research grant for research on ‘historical archaeology of marginal landscapes of eastern Botswana’. Outside academia and in international development Dr Keitumetse has worked and continues to work with institutions such as UNESCO as an expert advisor, examiner, facilitator, and consultant within the intangible cultural heritage section. She has corporate governance experience from African government parastatal institution dealing with environment, heritage, tourism and land use planning. These are derived from her tenure as a board director of Botswana Tourism Organisation for six years, where she also chaired a quality assurance committee of the board dealing with grading and certifying tourism accommodation. Her overall research interests are in the areas of sustainable development and cultural heritage conservation; historical archaeology; community heritage management; communal cultural identities; heritage tourism; heritage and protected areas; international management of cultural heritage; amongst others. Dr Susan Keitumetse has published extensively in the field of cultural heritage conservation and management in Africa, Her works comprise of peer-reviewed articles in international journals; peer-reviewed book chapters; refereed conference proceedings; and technical reports in international periodicals, magazines and newspapers. These can be accessed through search engines such as Google Scholar and LinkedIn. *********************************************************************************************
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