The natural heritage trust and Indigenous lands: the trials and tribulations of 'new technologies of governance'

Lane, Marcus, and Williams, Liana J. (2009) The natural heritage trust and Indigenous lands: the trials and tribulations of 'new technologies of governance'. Australian Geographer, 40 (1). pp. 85-107.

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Abstract

Social and political changes occurring in Western democracies have required the development of approaches referred to by scholars such as Nikolas Rose as 'new technologies of governance'. These experiments in governance are paradigmatically different from previous approaches and, as a consequence, there is much to learn about how to ensure their equity and effectiveness. In this paper, we examine the contribution of the Natural Heritage Trust (NHT) to the management of Indigenous lands in Australia. We present data which show, conclusively, that the land management needs of Indigenous communities have been poorly accommodated by the NHT. We suggest that the architects of NHT III and similar programs need to remember that: (i) rescaling governance does not ensure equitable outcomes across diverse regional populations; (ii) strategies for Indigenous community engagement need rethinking; and (iii) Indigenous community and civil society capacity building remains an ongoing challenge.

Item ID: 42795
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1465-3311
Keywords: environmental management, governance, Indigenous lands, community-based environmental management, regionalisation
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2016 04:02
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management @ 50%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050201 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Knowledge @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960799 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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