Sacred Forests in northwest Yunnan, China - a conservation priority?
Sacred forests are an integral part of Tibetan culture in northwest China’s Yunnan region. The majority of these sacred forests are not big enough to be relevant for wildlife, but they do harbor high bird diversity. The question is if sacred forests should be incorporated into conservation strategies? Teri research work shows that in fact the opposite may be true: leaving them alone may be the best way to ensure that the sacred forests are preserved.
http://silvis.forest.wisc.edu/pubs/birds-shangrila). Later on, Teri conducted interviews with locals because she was interested in understanding how local people see sacred forests, but also to understand if an extra conservation status was necessary in order to preserve these little patches.