Australian Indigenous peoples and biodiversity

Nursey-Bray, Melissa, and Hill, Rosemary (2010) Australian Indigenous peoples and biodiversity. Social Alternatives, 29 (3). pp. 13-19.

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Indigenous peoples' cultural practices have influenced biodiversity patterns over millennia, and they continue to control many high conservation-value biodiversity areas. In Australia, initiatives such as Indigenous Protected Areas and co-management programs are engaging Indigenous people in biodiversity management in recognition that such collaboration is likely to improve the health of landscapes and biodiversity. Nevertheless, Indigenous peoples worldwide live in conditions of poverty and exhibit lower levels of health than others, which pose risks to biodiversity conservation. However, Indigenous engagement in biodiversity management activities is also associated with better human health, including lowered rates of diabetes and cardio-vascular disease. We argue that Indigenous engagement in biodiversity management is mandated from triple principles of conservation, social justice and democracy that recognise the importance of benefits for people. Indigenous-biodiversity engagements developed from these principles give greater emphasis to Indigenous governance. Such biodiversity management mandated from social justice is a more diverse and rich experience and may also bring better conservation outcomes.

Item ID: 15313
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
ISSN: 0155-0306
Date Deposited: 26 May 2011 05:18
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050201 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Knowledge @ 50%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management @ 50%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960699 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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