Biodiv Sci ›› 1999, Vol. 07 ›› Issue (3): 250-254.  DOI: 10.17520/biods.1999039

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Effects of religious culture on forest resource conservation in Dinghu mountain, Guangdong

WEI Ping, WEN Da-Zhi   

  1. Dinghu Mountain Forest Ecosystem Research Station , South China Institute of Botany ,the Chinese Academy of Sciences , Zhaoqing  526070
  • Received:1998-06-23 Revised:1998-12-20 Online:1999-08-20 Published:1999-08-20

Abstract: According to the historical records and some inscriptions on the steles found in Dinghu Mountain Biosphere Reserve , the rise and decline of the religious temples of Dinghu Mountain in different historical periodsand the protection and management measures of the forest adopted by monks , and the effects of the religious culture on the forest community and biodiversity conservation are presented. From the recorded writings , the protection and management of the representative vegetation in Dinghu Mountain —South Asian subtropical monsoon evergreen broad2leafed forest was initiated in 1633. Thus this vegetation has been protected and managed for 366 years , of which , 319 years was done by the monks in Qingyun Temple. Religious culture is one of the important reasons why the forest community and biodiversity have been protected well.