Bas Verschuuren

Bas Verschuuren PhD is a freelance biocultural conservation adviser and associate researcher at the Department of Sociology of Development and Change at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Bas combines his experience in conservation projects with applied research on the cultural, spiritual, and sacred
dimensions of nature on which he has published over 50 articles, book chapters and five books. His latest book (Verschuuren and Brown, 2018) is titled: "The Cultural and Spiritual Significance of Nature in Protected Areas, Governance, Management and Policy" and demonstrates current developments and academic thinking on the interweaving of the conservation of nature and culture. Bas is co-Chair of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas' Specialist Group on Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas (CSVPA) www.csvpa.org. On this topic, he is currently guiding the development of IUCN Best Practice Guidelines and Training Modules for those involved in protected and conserved area management and governance. See: LinkedIn profile, Academia, Research Gate, www.sacrednaturalsites.org.