Indigenous land and sea management programs: can they promote regional development and help "close the (income) gap"?

Jarvis, Diane, Stoeckl, Natalie, Hill, Rosemary, and Pert, Petina (2018) Indigenous land and sea management programs: can they promote regional development and help "close the (income) gap"? Australian Journal of Social Issues, 53 (3). pp. 283-303.

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Throughout the world, there is growing recognition of the important role Indigenous people play in natural resource management and conservation. Indigenous Land and Sea Management Programs (ILSMPs; which provide funds to Indigenous people to support Indigenous land management activities) are also known to generate social and economic benefits, although relative few of these co‐benefits have been quantified. Using northern Australia as a case study, we analysed data on ILSMP expenditure within three regional input–output tables, learning more about the size and distribution of their associated regional economic benefits. We found ILSMPs make a significant contribution to regional economies—with multipliers commonly exceeding that of other key regional industries such as agriculture and mining. We also found ILSMP expenditures make a larger contribution to Indigenous household incomes than they do to non‐Indigenous incomes—thus helping to close the (income) gap. They will continue to do so, provided the proportion of ILSMP money spent on Indigenous (compared to non‐Indigenous) incomes does not fall below a threshold amount. Rather than finding evidence of a trade‐off between socio‐ecological and financial/economic goals, our results suggest ILSMPs, known for their ecological importance, can also make a vitally important contribution to economic development in rural areas.

Item ID: 54772
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1839-4655
Keywords: closing the Gap; indigenous disadvantage; indigenous land and sea management programs; input-output analysis; northern Australian development
Copyright Information: © 2018 Australian Social Policy Association. This is an open access article under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution (4.0) license.
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2018 04:50
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4407 Policy and administration > 440703 Economic development policy @ 50%
38 ECONOMICS > 3899 Other economics > 389902 Ecological economics @ 50%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9101 Macroeconomics > 910103 Economic Growth @ 40%
91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9199 Other Economic Framework > 919902 Ecological Economics @ 30%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960699 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation not elsewhere classified @ 30%
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