This project supports land-based Indigenous livelihoods in northern Australia. The researchers collaborated with Indigenous Cultural and Natural Resource Management (ICNRM) agencies in the NT and Queensland to:
Sustainable livelihoods and sustainably-managed landscapes in Northern Australia are vital for Indigenous communities and for the nation as a whole. Indigenous land owners and managers need to be able to respond to environmental threats and in doing so, meet important socio-economic needs and objectives.
Research that supports land-based Indigenous livelihoods and associated governance of natural and cultural resources helps local land owners and managers. It also assists policy makers in government departments improve policies and programs in the sector, and assists public and private investors understand the value that their investment in ICNRM is generating.
The research team collaborated with Indigenous community partners on diverse project activities, including:
The project enabled a range of existing research partnerships to continue, and established new ones. These have supported ongoing work.
The project has produced diverse outputs that can communicate with a range of audiences and are effective for a range of applications. These outputs include research and policy publications, management tools, submissions to government enquiries, and communication and outreach products. The project has produced a large number of publications available from this site.
The project was focused on a series of Indigenous Cultural and Natural Resource Management (ICNRM) agencies and associated communities in the Northern Territory and Queensland, with outreach research activities involving national and international contacts.
Key focal ICNRM agencies and/or communities included the:
|Beyond the local: assessing the external social outcomes of Indigenous environmental management. Key concepts and a case study of the Kowanyama Aboriginal Land and Natural Resource Management Office|
|Rangers in place: the wider Indigenous community benefits of Yirralka Rangers in Blue Mud Bay, northeast Arnhem Land|
Banning Indigenous hunting won’t help dugongs
The Conversation, Altman, J, Kerins, S, 2013
Working Knowledge: characterising collective indigenous, scientific, and local knowledge about the ecology, hydrology and geomorphology of Oriners Station, Cape York Peninsula, Australia
The Rangeland Journa, Barber, M, Jackson, S, Shellberg, J, Sinnamon, S, 12/2013
|Marthakal Indigenous Protected Area NT (poster)|
|Gumurr Marthakal Rangers - Limurrung Djama (poster)|
The research partners in the project were CSIRO, the Australian National University, and Tamarind Consulting. Indigenous partners in the project included:
Dr Marcus Barber