Traditional Owners and Sea Country in the Southern Great Barrier Reef – Which Way Forward?

Dale, Allan, George, Melissa, Hill, Rosemary, and Fraser, Duane (2016) Traditional Owners and Sea Country in the Southern Great Barrier Reef – Which Way Forward? Report. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre, Cairns, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

[Extract] For over 20 years, Traditional Owners (TOs) from across the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) have been coming together to explore and call for a collective approach to achieving their aspirations for ownership, access to, and involvement in the management of sea country. Over these years, people have made real progress in securing improved recognition of their rights and developing local capacities to govern and manage their sea country. Despite these wins, and good engagement by Commonwealth and State governments on occasions, there has been no lasting, continuously improving GBR-wide approach to engaging TOs.

With the future health of the GBR under threat, the current Reef 2050 Long Term Sustainability Plan (Reef 2050) recognises the significance of Traditional Owner rights and interests in the management of sea country and the Marine Park. There are considered and significant Indigenous implementation actions embedded right across Reef 2050. Implementation, however, lies ahead. Given the long history of Traditional Owner attempts to influence sea country management across the GBR, they consider that, without strong partnerships, there could be a real risk of implementation failure. At this point, the mechanisms for cohesive and coordinated implementation of the Reef 2050 do not yet fundamentally engage Traditional Owners as real partners in the long-term management of sea country, consistent with international guidelines for their engagement in protected area management, which emphasise the required for prior informed consent and ongoing equity.

Item ID: 44087
Item Type: Report (Report)
ISBN: 978-1-925088-91-5
Keywords: Traditional Owners; sea country; Great Barrier Reef
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Traditional Owners and Sea Country in the Southern Great Barrier Reef – Which Way Forward? is licensed by CSIRO for use under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Australia licence. For licence conditions see: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

Funders: National Environmental Research Program (NERP)
Projects and Grants: NERP Project 3.9
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2016 03:06
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050201 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Knowledge @ 60%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management @ 40%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9503 Heritage > 950302 Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage @ 50%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 20%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960701 Coastal and Marine Management Policy @ 30%
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