Indigenous co-management and biodiversity protection

Project 12.1

Project Leader: Dr. Rosemary Hill - CSIRO


This project has delivered its milestone goal of establishing co-research partnerships. Partnerships have been initiated with four Indigenous organizations: Girringun Aboriginal Corporation, Central Wet Tropics Institute for Culture and Country, Djunbundji Ltd Land and Sea Program (Mandingalbay Yidinji Aboriginal Corporation) and Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation. Workshops on Indigenous peoples and protected areas are being carried out with key government, Indigenous and other collaborators to both inform and test the draft co-management framework. Progress has also been made on the collection of information and spatial data to form an Indigenous Engagement Atlas as part of the framework under development. Research findings resulting from earlier research supported by MTSRF have informed this establishment phase, including identification of:
  • The importance of Indigenous governance to integration of Indigenous ecological knowledge and science;
  • The ongoing need for governance reforms to enable forests to be co-managed, conserved and re-imagined as assets for the Indigenous peoples of Australia;
  • The relevance of the concept of “biocultural diversity” to describe and explain linkages between Indigenous peoples and place and
  • Principles and determinants of success in cooperative research


Contact: Ro Hill

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