This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on the key concepts discussed in the preceding chapters of this book. The book argues that the 'cultural and spiritual significance of nature' is among the most compelling drivers of people's motivations to engage with, protect, and conserve the natural environment. It presents a legal framework for 'spiritual governance' and examines its implications for the management and governance of protected and conserved areas. The book also argues that the 'cultural and spiritual significance of nature' is part of a deeply seated bond that can exist between individuals, groups, and communities and their special places. It examines the concept of 'authenticity' as a device through which to explore the challenges of working within systems typically segregated between nature and culture and between natural and cultural heritage management. The book provides much optimism for the future of cross-cultural and cross-collaborative work.
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