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NAILSMA Indigenous Water Policy Statement 2009

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NAILSMA Indigenous Water Policy Statement

NAILSMA Indigenous Water Policy Statement

Traditional Owners have an inherent right to make decisions about cultural and natural resource management in north Australia. In accordance with Article 19 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), Indigenous people must have a central role in the development, implementation and evaluation of policy and legislative or administrative measures that may affect us concerning water.

The NAILSMA Indigenous Water Policy Group advocates for the recognition of Indigenous rights to the ownership, management and use of waters for both customary and commercial purposes. Its advocacy for commercial rights is a pragmatic response to the COAG Water Reform Agenda, specifically the National Water Initiative, and the quickening pace of development in the north of Australia. The IWPG released its Indigenous Water Policy Statement in 2009.