Participatory evaluation of co-management in wet tropics country: interim report

Hill, Rosemary, Maclean, Kirsten, Pert, Petina, Schmider, Joann, and Tawake, Levenie (2013) Participatory evaluation of co-management in wet tropics country: interim report. Report. CSIRO, Rainforest Peoples' Alliance, Cairns, QLD, Australia.

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This technical report contributes to the December 2013 Milestone for the National Environmental Research Program (NERP) Tropical Ecosystem Hub (TEH) Project 12.1 Indigenous co-management and biodiversity protection. The overall goal of this co-research is to interrogate the capability of Indigenous Protected Areas (IPAs) and other collaborative planning models and mechanisms to provide the means for effective engagement of Indigenous knowledge and comanagement for biodiversity and cultural protection in the region; and to provide for joint management of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area between governments and Rainforest Aboriginal people, in partnership with communities. Our definition of co-management as a continual solution-building process, not a fixed state, involving extensive talking, negotiating together and jointly learning so it gets better over time, underpins our derived framework of comanagement (see Fig 2). This framework, that includes thirteen separate but related parts that can be grouped into two features of co-management (Rainforest Aboriginal Peoples Keeping Strong; and Keeping Engagement Strong), guides the participatory evaluation shared in this report. The framework was refined from earlier project work (see Maclean et al, 2012), ongoing discussions with the project co-research team and a regional participatory workshop held in October 2012 (Hill et al. 2012).

The results reported here are located within the second phase of a three year co-research project, providing an interim participatory evaluation of co-management in wet tropics country, NE Australia1. Both qualitative and a quantitative data contribute to the evaluation which was conducted together with Rainforest Aboriginal peoples in two separate workshops. Workshop one was hosted by Girringun Aboriginal Corporation in Cardwell on 23 November 2013, and brought forward data informed by the nine tribal groups that are represented therein.

Workshop two was hosted by the Rainforest Aboriginal People’s Alliance as part of the ‘Warrama: for Rainforest Country, Kin and Culture’ held at Genzanno 28 November-1st December 2013. This workshop brought forward data informed by the wider twenty tribal groups across the region of wet tropics country. A health rating of 1 to 5 (where 1=very sick; 5=excellent health) was given to three indicators (structures, processes and results) for each part of the framework at both workshops, and the reasons for the ratings discussed in small groups.

This Interim Report presents a quantitative analysis of data from both the Girringun and RAP Workshops, but qualitative and spatial analysis of only the Girringun data. The short time frame between the regional RAP workshop and the data for report submission did not allow for a full analysis of the data, which will be included in the Final Participatory Evaluation Report in June 2014. This Final Report will also include data from participatory workshops with governments and other partners involved in co-management of wet tropics country Both the Girringun and RAP workshops evaluated the structures, processes and results for the Rainforest Aboriginal Peoples Keeping Strong parts of the framework as in better health than thethose for Keeping Engagement Strong. The results of participatory evaluations reported here resonate with the concept of the creation of an equitable intercultural space as the key means of achieving co-management (Hibbard et al. 2008; Hill 2011). Indigenous Protected Areas were identified as the most useful tool for creating an equitable intercultural space, due to their\adaptability and flexibility, providing opportunities for effective collaboration with government and others.

Item ID: 31833
Item Type: Report (Report)
ISBN: 978-1-925088-02-1
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Rainforest Aboriginal Peoples' Alliance Quorum includes Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation, Central Wet Tropics Institute for Country and Culture Aboriginal Corporation, and Girringun Aboriginal Corporation and Mandingalbay Yidinji Aboriginal Corporation

Projects and Grants: Project 12.1 Indigenous co-management and biodiversity protection in the wet tropics
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2016 03:16
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050201 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Knowledge @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960805 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity at Regional or Larger Scales @ 100%
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