Operationalising the ecosystem services approach in water planning: a case study of indigenous cultural values from the Murray–Darling Basin, Australia

Bark, Rosalind H., Barber, Marcus, Jackson, Sue, Maclean, Kirsten, Pollino, Carmel and Moggridge, Bradley (2015) Operationalising the ecosystem services approach in water planning: a case study of indigenous cultural values from the Murray–Darling Basin, Australia. International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services and Management, 11 3: 239-249. doi:10.1080/21513732.2014.983549


Author Bark, Rosalind H.
Barber, Marcus
Jackson, Sue
Maclean, Kirsten
Pollino, Carmel
Moggridge, Bradley
Title Operationalising the ecosystem services approach in water planning: a case study of indigenous cultural values from the Murray–Darling Basin, Australia
Journal name International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services and Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2151-3732
2151-3740
Publication date 2015-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/21513732.2014.983549
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 11
Issue 3
Start page 239
End page 249
Total pages 12
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Cultural ecosystem services (ES) are particularly challenging to value as well as to subsequently incorporate in scientific assessments and environmental management actions and programmes. In this paper, we apply a cultural ES typology to an Australian water resources case at a location of major indigenous cultural significance, the Brewarrina Aboriginal fish traps, and consider the potential implications for water planning. Data from qualitative interviews with indigenous custodians demonstrates diverse cultural values and associated benefits with respect to the fish traps themselves and to their connectivity with another key water site, an upstream lagoon. Supported by additional analyses of water planning legislation, flow requirements, and non-indigenous tourist values, we analyse the applicability of the typology and the implications for water planning. Key issues include: the distinction between values and benefits; whose values and which cultural ES benefits are identified and managed; the challenges of categorising indigenous aspirations within cultural ES frameworks; and the implications for water planning of indigenous perspectives on connectivity. Case studies of culturally specific minorities are useful for testing cultural ES frameworks because they posit conceptual and categorisation challenges. In addition, ‘culture’ is often of strategic and symbolic value for such minorities, representing the key means by which they gain access to, and traction within, natural resource planning and prioritisation processes.
Keyword Aboriginal people
Cultural ecosystem services
Cultural heritage
Customary fishing techniques
Indigenous water values
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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