Healthy country, healthy people: an Australian Aboriginal organisation's adaptive governance to enhance its social-ecological system

Maclean, Kirsten, Ross, Helen, Cuthill, Michael and Rist, Philip (2013) Healthy country, healthy people: an Australian Aboriginal organisation's adaptive governance to enhance its social-ecological system. Geoforum, 45 94-105. doi:10.1016/j.geoforum.2012.10.005


Author Maclean, Kirsten
Ross, Helen
Cuthill, Michael
Rist, Philip
Title Healthy country, healthy people: an Australian Aboriginal organisation's adaptive governance to enhance its social-ecological system
Journal name Geoforum   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0016-7185
1872-9398
Publication date 2013-03-01
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.geoforum.2012.10.005
Volume 45
Start page 94
End page 105
Total pages 12
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Language eng
Abstract Scholars and environmental managers of complex social-ecological systems (SESs) have called for new institutional models to facilitate adaptive governance. This paper explores one adaptive governance approach as used by Girringun Aboriginal Corporation, an association of Australian Aboriginal groups in north-eastern Australia. Girringun uses this approach to translate customary obligations into sophisticated management actions that address the complex social, economic, land and sea management challenges encountered on its members' country. Its decision-making is informed by philosophies of 'caring for country' and 'healthy country, healthy people'. Girringun's strategies articulate cultural, social and livelihood development aspirations into environmental management, education and visual art projects and activities. Governance emphasises strong and visionary leadership, reconciliation, and strategic partnerships developed to expand its role as SES managers in co-operation with non-Aboriginal organisations. Girringun's innovative structure and creative strategies provide insight into adaptive governance of cross-cultural SES, where differing aspirations and institutional arrangements can be melded towards creative management opportunities.
Keyword Social-ecological systems
Adaptive governance
Aboriginal
Australia
Cross-cultural
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online: 4 December 2012

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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