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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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61 owned and managed by Aboriginal people are often severely degraded from grazing, erosion and loss of native species (Davies et al. 1997:16; Baker et al. 2001a:17-18) Other management issues A number of other management issues relevant to the Northern Tanami IPA have been identified by Traditional Owners, other community members and agencies based in Lajamanu. They have been grouped into themes that include cultural continuity, access to country, tourism and community and economic development and are summarized in Table 10. Table 10: Other management issues identified in literature on the Northern Tanami IPA (CLC 2000; CLC 2001; CLC 2006) Theme Management issue Cultural continuity Need to increase the transfer and use of traditional knowledge and skills to care for country, including the protection and management of sacred sites, waterholes, plants and animals Country should be managed in tradition with kirda and kurdungurlu rights and responsibilities the use of the generic term traditional owner (TO) subverts this dual and interlocking traditional system of responsibility for managing country Training and teaching young people about country, law and culture Access to country Need to visit more country, more often Limited access to country makes management difficult as there are only a few roads, which are in poor overall condition, with some rarely used Limited access to suitable vehicles Need better maintenance of outstations as they can act as hubs for people to visit, access and manage country Community and economic development Limited employment for young people in the area Need to provide training for young people in conservation and Ranger work Need to create partnerships with others doing similar work, e.g. Parks and Wildlife Visit other places where land management happens Develop nursery to grow bush foods and plants for shelter around the community and outstations Tourism Upgrade the Warrego track to bring in tourists Create shelters and water points along roads for tourist safety Develop a camping area to attract tourists

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