Negotiating Indigenous benefits from payment for ecosystem service (PES) schemes

Robinson, Cathy J., James, Glenn and Whitehead, Peter J. (2016) Negotiating Indigenous benefits from payment for ecosystem service (PES) schemes. Global Environmental Change, 38 21-29. doi:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2016.02.004


Author Robinson, Cathy J.
James, Glenn
Whitehead, Peter J.
Title Negotiating Indigenous benefits from payment for ecosystem service (PES) schemes
Journal name Global Environmental Change   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0959-3780
1872-9495
Publication date 2016-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2016.02.004
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 38
Start page 21
End page 29
Total pages 9
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract This paper draws on research conducted with Aboriginal land managers across Northern Australia to show how and why payments for ecosystem service (PES) schemes should be framed around Indigenous rights to and relationships with their traditional estates. PES schemes offer opportunities to recognize and support Aboriginal communities' land and sea management knowledge and practices, and there is strong evidence that Indigenous communities are seeking to engage with such schemes. We focus on Aboriginal savanna landscape management, particularly traditional burning practices, to extend the ecosystem services framework to recognize Indigenous values and interactions with their lands as a critical service for Indigenous well-being. Drawing on case-study analysis of PES projects negotiated to support Aboriginal fire management programs across Northern Australia, we show how cultural ecosystem services can be applied to represent the active, dynamic and often interdependent relationships inherent in Indigenous human-environment relationships.
Keyword Burning
Carbon offset schemes
Co-benefits
Cultural ecosystem services
Human rights
Indigenous landscape
Northern Australia
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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