Payment for ecosystem services markets on Aboriginal land in Cape York Pensinsula: potential and constraints

Winer, Michael, Murphy, Helen, and Ludwig, Harold (2012) Payment for ecosystem services markets on Aboriginal land in Cape York Pensinsula: potential and constraints. UNRISD Programme Paper Series. Social Dimensions of Green Economy and Sustainable Development, 6. pp. 1-19.

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[Extract] In the global arena, improving environmental outcomes at the same time as ensuring social equity outcomes for disadvantaged landholder groups has become increasingly important. This is especially true in regions with pressing environmental problems populated by low-income indigenous land stewards. The ability of Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) schemes to lift poor people out of poverty and, in particular, the potential for PES schemes to improve social and welfare conditions in remote Australian indigenous communities is increasingly being recognized. Based on research in Cape York, Australia, this paper argues that a new approach to environmental management is needed to incorporate PES market participation by indigenous landowners. This is because the current framework for environmental management on Cape York is failing on two fronts: it is delivering suboptimal environmental outcomes and constraining the economic development aspirations of traditional owners. Current barriers to participation by indigenous communities in the Cape York Peninsula in PES markets — including legislative constraints and the existence of weak Aboriginal land and property rights — must be overcome.

Item ID: 23877
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISBN: 978-9-29-085086-1
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2012 00:08
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050102 Ecosystem Function @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960606 Rights to Environmental and Natural Resources (excl. Water Allocation) @ 100%
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