The Oxford Biodiversity Institute has partnered with the Alliance for Religion and Conservation (ARC) and the World Database on Sacred Natural Sites (SANASI) to identify and map Religious Forest Sites (RFS) around the world.

Religious groups own 5-10% of global forests and influence much more, in addition to their investment in commercial forestry and consumption of wood and forest products. The project’s Religious Forest Sites include, inter alia, Shinto shrines in Japan, Cambodian forests managed by Buddhist monks and forest holdings of the Church of Norway.

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Click on the marker of a religious forest site for more information on that site!


Do you have a religious forest site to suggest or a correction for the map?
Please contact: Ashley Massey

Download full project handout

Further information

Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) Religious Forests Project