Incorporating Indigenous values with 'Western' conservation values in sustainable biodiversity management

Lynch, A.J.J., Fell, D.G., and McIntyre-Tamwoy, S. (2010) Incorporating Indigenous values with 'Western' conservation values in sustainable biodiversity management. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 17 (4). pp. 244-255.

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Biodiversity management in Australia is underlain by legislative mechanisms such as the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cwlth) and policies such as the national Strategy for the Conservation of Australia's Biological Diversity and the international Convention on Biological Diversity. While these policy directives encompass a range of values and components of 'biodiversity', on-ground planning and development assessments often focus only on threatened species and ecosystems as defined in state and national legislation.In regions such as northern Cape York Peninsula, which is managed by the resident Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities as Deed of Grant in Trust (DOGIT), planning for biodiversity management needs to acknowledge the high cultural values of such areas and to encompass Indigenous values and perspectives. A recent study assessed the significant species and habitats of the greater Lockerbie Scrub – the northernmost extent of rainforest in Australia and a region with high species and ecosystem diversity. While it is acknowledged that research into the cultural values of the plant species is preliminary, the minimal overlap between lists of flora from Western (i.e. under legislative mechanisms) and Traditional Owner perspectives suggests that cultural differences in values and perceptions may result in differing conservation management priorities. A more holistic, integrative approach to local and national biodiversity management planning could accommodate multiple perspectives and enable greater environmental and socio-cultural sustainability.

Item ID: 15119
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1448-6563
Keywords: Indigenous, Aboriginal, Gudang, biodiversity, conservation, environmental management, cultural values
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Reproduced with kind permission of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand.

Funders: Australian Government under the Caring for Our Country program , through the QueenslandDepartment of Environment and Resource Management.
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2011 04:32
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210199 Archaeology not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9503 Heritage > 950302 Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960504 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Environments @ 50%
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