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Garma International Indigenous Water Declaration 2008

Author:  North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance’s Indigenous Water Policy Group and the United Nations University – Institute of Advanced Studies Traditional Knowledge Institute
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This declaration was conceived at the International Indigenous Water Experts Forum on Indigenous Water Knowledge and Interests that was held at the Garma festival in Gulkula, north east Arnhem Land of the Northern Territory. In August 2008, NAILSMA and the UNU-IAS TKI co-convened a meeting in Gulkula of Indigenous representatives from Canada, USA, Guatemala, the Andes and many parts of Australia to exchange perspectives on Indigenous Peoples’ knowledge and interests in water.

The declaration that was drafted during that meeting has since been finalised and endorsed by the participants of the Garma meeting. Nolan Hunter of the Kimberley Land Council, launched the Declaration at the 5th World Water Forum in Turkey March 2009.

Garma International Indigenous Water Declaration precis
Indigenous peoples internationally share cultural and customary responsibilities to fresh water. This International Indigenous Water Declaration is a testament to the undersigned Indigenous peoples' connections to water and expresses the significance of Indigenous knowledge and water interests to the security of freshwater when water laws and systems are merging into an industry that portrays water as a commodity.