Forest Scene (IMAGE) University of Göttingen Caption How much do traditional practices contribute to the protection of local biodiversity? Why and how are sacred groves locally valued and protected, and how can this be promoted and harnessed for environmental protection? Working together with the University of Kurdistan, researchers at the University of Göttingen and the University of Kassel have examined the backgrounds of this form of local environmental protection in Iran. Credit Zahed Shakeri Usage Restrictions None License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.