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Processes for effective management: Learning from agencies and Warlpiri people involved in managing the Northern Tanami Indigenous Protected Area, Australia



Processes for effective management: Learning from agencies and Warlpiri people involved in managing the Northern Tanami Indigenous Protected Area, Australia


Walker, Jane


E-Publications; E-Books; PublicationNT; Thesis (Ph.D.) - Charles Darwin University




Tanami Desert


"In this dissertation I address why equity between conservation and development agendas of Indigenous peoples and partnering agencies are hard to achieve. The overall aim is to contribute useful insights into where management practice can be enhanced to attain a better balance. This study takes place within an Australian desert context. Aboriginal landowners, in conjunction with the Federal Government’s Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) program, manage a large amount of land through the national protected area system in desert Australia. Through this research I aimed to study how to improve IPA management so as to reduce such gaps between intent and practice." - Abstract


A thesis submitted in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. The Northern Institute, Institute of Advanced Studies, Charles Darwin University, December 2010.

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Abstract -- Introduction -- Australian protected areas and Aboriginal peoples: an environment of change -- Analytical and methodological framework -- Warlpiri people as land managers: perceptions and practice -- Warlpiri perspectives on the management of the Northern Tanami IPA -- Management agency interests and impressions of the Northern Tanami IPA -- Comparative experiences of IPA management -- Learning from the Northern Tanami IPA: Research findings and conclusions -- References -- Appendices 1-20.




Protected areas; Management; Natural resources; Conservation areas; Grassland ecology; Social life and customs

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Thesis (Ph.D.) - Charles Darwin University


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91 Photo 4: CLC office in Lajamanu Country visits The Lajamanu based fieldwork was carried out between August 2005 and August 2007. Overall I spent five months on country with people doing various activities that ranged from hunting and burning, ceremonial activities and land monitoring, to seed collecting (see Photo 5, p.93) and teaching children. Country visits undertaken as part of this research turned out to have multiple purposes. They were a good way to build relationships; they allowed for shared experience and understanding; generated pride and enthusiasm; and helped build trust and rapport (Wohling 2001; Walsh and Mitchell 2002). Allowing sufficient time to engage and build relationships with people is critical for successful participation (Figure 11, p.84). Country visits were one of the benefits the research provided for participants from Lajamanu, especially as most women involved in this research cannot drive and/or have no access to suitable vehicles. Being on country is essential for enabling Aboriginal people to manage country. This research supported and facilitated country visits for this reason. Coordinating country visits with the local school, the Lajamanu CEC (see Photo 6, p.93), also provided an opportunity for the intergenerational

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