Indian Sacred Groves are Mini Biosphere Reserves

This week's article in the New Indian Express explains how, lacking government protection, individual communities have a long tradition of conserving nature by dedicating undisturbed patches of vegetation to folk spirits. These sacred groves have become mini biosphere reserves and conservation models that have allowed communities to take land conservation into their own hands.

"Myths and religious practices that celebrate plants and animals, forests, rivers and mountains that are essential for existence...Sacred groves are mini biosphere reserves and the most important conservation tradition of India."