International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

PAMB, DENR Mandate, Heritage, Environmental and Archaeological Concern: Clearing the Path for a Better Site Management in BNBNP
Edilberto D. Larin, Jr.

Man’s relationship with nature has historically been one of imbalance and overuse. Closely every step in human history has unfortunately been accompanied with an increase in environmental degradation. At first, humans were incredibly in-tune with their surroundings. The ability of humans to manipulate the landscape and recognize the consequences of doing so puts the researchers in a peculiar position. As a species we are assigned the duty to provide and proliferate. Our goal is to achieve stability for ourselves and our kin. However, we also have an obligation to maintain the environment, as we depend on the resources and space it provides. The question then becomes: what is our role in nature? Do we have the right to manipulate the land, mountains, and heritage sites? Or do we have an obligation to reduce our numbers and merely subsist? In order to answer these questions, we must rely on our knowledge of Earth, evolution, and our influence on the environment. This research focuses on the heritage protection of Biak naBato which has an archaeological and historical potential. It contributes in protecting and developing the natural built and historic environment of the Biak naBato National Park (BNBNP).

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