Nov 28, 2012
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When environmental protection conflicts with cultural sustainabilty

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While investigating cultural sustainability initiatives, I have found that many include elements of environmental preservation.  But what happens when environmental protection projects and policies interfere with cultural sustainability efforts?  Does or should one be prioritized over the other?  If so, how is the choice made?  Is it possible to find a balance?  And perhaps, most importantly, what are the consequences of these decisions?

Here is an article that raises some interesting questions about this issue: “Does Biological Preservation Prevail Over Cultural Sustainability?  The Struggle of the Maya Center Community in a Modernizing World”

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