Traditional Owners of the Great Barrier Reef: the next generation of Reef 2050 actions

Dale, Allan, Wren, Liz, Fraser, Duane, Talbot, Leah, Hill, Rosemary, Evans-Illidge, Libby, Forester, Traceylee, Winer, Michael, George, Melissa, Gooch, Margaret, Hale, Larissa, Morris, Sheridan, and Carmody, Julie (2018) Traditional Owners of the Great Barrier Reef: the next generation of Reef 2050 actions. External Commissioned Report. Australian Government, Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Canberra, ACT, Australia.

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Abstract

In short, this Report: Confirms that there are two options for progressing the integration of Traditional Owner interests in the Reef 2050 Plan. Option 1 (Business As Usual) represents a continuation of the current approach of Government-based review and refinement of the (now 23) Traditional Owner actions in the Reef 2050 Plan. Option 2 (Towards Genuine Co-governance) represents Government taking a far more negotiated approach at the GBR-wide level (and subsequently down to local scales) that applies the principles of Free Prior and Informed Consent. Based on extensive engagement concerning the aspirations of Traditional Owners and their support organisations across the GBR, the overwhelming stated desire and demand is for genuine partnership in the overarching governance of the Reef and far deeper ownership of, and participation in, its active day to day management (Option 2). There is an unambiguous view that the foundations set in the Reef 2050 Plan (Option 1), while a step in the right direction, simply reflect Traditional Owner aspirations in someone else’s planning. Meanwhile, a consistent message from Traditional Owners, fuelled by their existing and emerging rights in sea country, is that this more passive form of involvement cannot continue into the future; that a genuine form of agreement making and active implementation (from GBR to local scales) must emerge.

Item ID: 58741
Item Type: Report (External Commissioned Report)
Copyright Information: © Copyright Commonwealth of Australia, 2018
Funders: Commonwealth of Australia
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2021 23:35
FoR Codes: 45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4503 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental knowledges and management > 450304 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental knowledges @ 80%
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410401 Conservation and biodiversity @ 10%
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410404 Environmental management @ 10%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960507 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments @ 70%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences @ 30%
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