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Last summer, people protested against mining operations in the area, which is home to the Cerro Quemado – a mountain where the sun was born in Huichol mythology.
(Image: Marco Ugarte/AP/PA) The dry spiny forests of south-western Madagascar house tombs of the kings and chieftains of the Mahafaly people.
The rainforest is important for the Mayan religion, and many sites are still actively used for ceremonies, such as that held by Mayan shamans on 21 December 2012 to celebrate the end of the Mayan cycle known as Bak'tun 13 and the start of a new age.
The area is important to the philosophies of the indigenous Dai people and Buddhists, who believe that together humanity and nature form a unified whole.
Each year the Dai people hold a Water Splashing Festival on the banks of the Lancang-Mekong river, in addition to other celebrations of the natural world.
It is also is home to the Gangetic dolphin, an endangered and protected species.
(Image: West End61/Rex Features) The Xishuangbanna prefecture represents just 0.02 per cent of China's land area, yet it is home to more than 2 per cent of its animal species.