A message from Joe Morrison, CEO NAILSMA
The return of Indigenous land and sea managers and owners to their country across the tropical north demonstrates the dedication Indigenous people have towards managing the most intact tropical savanna left on earth. Combined with the least impacted marine, coastal and freshwater ecosystems means that it is timely that the Indigenous community has resilience and capacity to 'Look after our country.....our way'. Our work combines science, research and Indigenous knowledge aimed at growing innovation so Indigenous people can take control of their future.
The philosophy of a culture based economy underpins all of our work. This philosophy supports Indigenous livelihoods and caring for our culture and country for the future of all humanity.
The future is in our hands, looking after our country... our way.
Joe Morrison, Chief Executive Officer
North Australia is home to much of the nation’s biodiversity and many environmental assets. These assets have for thousands of years been managed by Indigenous people who have developed sustainable land and sea management skills and knowledge by living and connecting with the land and sea. Looking after our country… our way is playing a crucial part in driving the economy in the region.
NAILSMA has spearheaded the concept of a culture-based economy. This places enormous importance on cultural values, beliefs and practices, and links cultural knowledge to wisdom gained from thousands of years of managing and connecting with the land and sea.
Long-term economic health depends on environmental and cultural health. The concept of a culture-based economy enables Indigenous people to engage directly in the market economy and at the same time value and strengthen their own cultural values, beliefs and practices as well as use their knowledge of land and sea management. Country + Culture = Economy and more resilient Indigenous communities across north Australia.