Indigenous cultural and natural resource management (ICNRM) creates many environmental, social and economic benefits. Indigenous communities and government have invested to build rapid growth in the sector. Yet ICNRM remains vulnerable to policy changes, inadequate resourcing, and a lack of diversity in funding. Expanding and diversifying non-government investment into ICNRM will ensure its long-term future. Novel partnerships between Indigenous communities, research agencies, private industry, and non-government organisations are needed to support Indigenous ICNRM enterprises to grow Indigenous-led opportunities on the ground. This project supports that effort and showcases ICNRM agencies as a key pathway for achieving the sustainable management of Australia’s natural and cultural resources.
The research will focus on three key investor types – Indigenous corporations and communities, shareholder corporations, and philanthropic investors – to help investment in the ICNRM sector continue to expand and diversify into the future.
Using Indigenous led and co-developed participatory methods, this project will support non-government investment in ICNRM by:
The project will enable conversations between ICNRM investors and practitioners, align investor assessment needs to reduce management workload, and provide advice, tools and recommendations to guide future investment.
There are 4 key activities in the project. These are to:
Anticipated project products
This project will provide evidence for the wider business case that attracts, guides and evaluates non-government investment into ICNRM enterprises. It will do this through generating:
The project complements related research initiatives that address government investor priorities. This includes the assessment of fee-for-service impacts and the multiple benefits of Indigenous land and sea management programs. Supporting ICNRM agencies and their activities also contributes to wider strategic initiatives such as northern development.
Key partners include the Australian Government’s Department of the Environment and Energy and Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Bush Heritage and Traditional Owners.
Marcus Barber, CSIRO
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