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Developing an effective conservation and sustainable use economy: two Arnhem Land case studies

Author:  TRaCK NAILSMA N Concu
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This research project, led by Jon Altman of the Australian National University, quantified the environmental needs and costs of environmental management in central Arnhem Land's Djelk Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) in the Mann-Liverpool riverine environment and the Dhimurru IPA in the coastal area.

'This project: Developing an effective conservation and sustainable use economy: two Arnhem Land case studies, is very much about people working and living on their country, maintaining the environmental and cultural values of that country, and looking for future economic livelihoods using their country sustainably.

'So at one level, this report can be read as a valuable, but preliminary, environmental business opportunities assessment for the two IPAs, bearing in mind that the Djelk IPA was only declared in September 2009.

'At another level though, this report has important economic and political implications.

'On the economic front, it should be of value to the 40 other declared Indigenous Protected Areas throughout Australia, as well as to countless other less formal community-based Caring for Country initiatives.

'On the political front, there is a dominant national narrative of scepticism about the biodiversity value of the Indigenous estate and more so of the contributions made by community-based Indigenous rangers.

'In my view much of the factual information in this report should open up prospects for a more productive focus on what might be economically possible on Aboriginal-owned land in local, regional, national and even global environmental and cultural interests." Prof John Altman (extract from Forward of the report.)


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