Co-management and Indigenous protected areas in Australia: achievements and ways forward

Ross, H., Grant, C., Robinson, C. J., Izurieta, A., Smyth, D. and Rist, P. (2009). Co-management and Indigenous protected areas in Australia: achievements and ways forward. In: Helen Ross and R. W. (Bill) Carter, Australasian Journal Of Environmental Management.. 1st Australian Protected Areas Congress (APAC08), Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia, (242-252). 24-28 November, 2008. doi:10.1080/14486563.2009.9725240

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Author Ross, H.
Grant, C.
Robinson, C. J.
Izurieta, A.
Smyth, D.
Rist, P.
Title of paper Co-management and Indigenous protected areas in Australia: achievements and ways forward
Conference name 1st Australian Protected Areas Congress (APAC08)
Conference location Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia
Conference dates 24-28 November, 2008
Proceedings title Australasian Journal Of Environmental Management.   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name Australasian Journal of Environmental Management   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Melbourne, Australia
Publisher Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand
Publication Year 2009
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.1080/14486563.2009.9725240
ISSN 1448-6563
Editor Helen Ross
R. W. (Bill) Carter
Volume 16
Issue 4
Start page 242
End page 252
Total pages 11
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Until recent decades, the establishment of protected areas contributed to the dispossession and marginalisation of Indigenous peoples in Australia. Recently, governance and policy frameworks have been developed and refined to recognise protected areas as part of Indigenous land and sea country, and to enable Indigenous people to participate in conservation planning and country management. Australia is an international pioneer in co-management of terrestrial protected areas and the declaration and management of Indigenous protected areas. However, progress has not been uniform across Australia and further policy and protocol development is required in the recognition of Indigenous peoples’ rights and interests in marine protected area management; the implications of native title determinations over protected areas; and the achievement of practical, meaningful social and environmental benefits through conservation agreements and activities. This article considers progress in two key areas of Indigenous contribution to protected area management: co-management (joint management) of protected areas, which commenced in the late 1970s; and Indigenous Protected Areas, which commenced in 1997. Our observations concerning the achievements of the last 30 years and the opportunities for future directions within and beyond these initiatives were informed by participant contributions at the 2008 Australian Protected Areas Congress. Conference workshops and deliberations led to recommendations for improvements to enhance the recognition, respect and rights of Traditional Owners as protected area co-managers. Improved partnerships and communications across existing cooperative planning models are needed to enable Indigenous and non- Indigenous collaborators to share ways of enabling Country-based planning and management to assist in species and landscape conservation.
Subjects C1
050205 Environmental Management
160801 Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment
9613 Remnant Vegetation and Protected Conservation Areas
950302 Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage
Keyword Joint Management
Natural Resource Management
National Park
Indigenous Community Conserved Area
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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