Plan of Management for the Ngaanyatjarra Lands Indigenous Protected Area

Noble, Keith Allan (2002) Plan of Management for the Ngaanyatjarra Lands Indigenous Protected Area. Other. Department of the Environment and Water Resources, Canberra, ACT, Australia.

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Abstract

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s identity, culture, rights and obligations are part of Australia’s land and seascapes (Smyth and Sutherland, 1996). Given the primacy of land issues for indigenous people, the concept of conservation needs to go beyond biodiversity. Cultural conservation needs to occur to assist indigenous landowners to continue caring for the physical well being of their country, and achieving this is the fundamental intent of this plan of management.

Declaration of the 98,129 km2 Ngaanyatjarra Lands Indigenous Protected Area is the result of five years careful consideration and discussion by Ngaanyatjarra Traditional Owners. Ngaanyatjarra Council through its Land Management Unit facilitated this process.

Declaration of the greater area is made under IUCN Category 6: Managed Resource Protected Area. Within this area a system of management zones are identified, some of which will be managed under different IUCN categories to balance land use and protect fragile areas. Specifically, these are Cultural Areas managed as IUCN Category 3: Natural Monument, and Nature Conservation Areas managed as IUCN Category 4: Habitat / Species Management Areas.

Neither the developmental process nor Indigenous Protected Area declaration could have occurred without Natural Heritage Trust financial assistance, or the support of staff from both Environment Australia and the Western Australian Department of Conservation.

Declaration of this, the largest protected area in Australia, is an explicit act of self determination by the Ngaanyatjarra people that demonstrates to an international audience that conservation values exist on their Lands as a consequence of indigenous land management, and that today’s Traditional Owners continue to maintain the Law and their association with their country.

Through the Ngaanyatjarra Lands Indigenous Protected Area we, Yarnangu, the Traditional Owners of this country, invite all Australians to be a part of the Ngaanyatjarra journey.

Item ID: 31525
Item Type: Report (Other)
Keywords: Ngaanyatjarra; Indigenous protected area
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2017 04:02
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050201 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Knowledge @ 80%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management @ 20%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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