The learning generated through Indigenous natural resources management programs increases quality of life for Indigenous people – improving numerous contributors to wellbeing

Jarvis, Diane, Stoeckl, Natalie, Larson, Silva, Grainger, Daniel, Addison, Jane, and Larson, Anna (2020) The learning generated through Indigenous natural resources management programs increases quality of life for Indigenous people – improving numerous contributors to wellbeing. Ecological Economics. (In Press)

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Abstract

The critical role that Indigenous people play in natural resource management is globally recognized, with such endeavors frequently supported by Government and non-government funded programs. We explore the perceived impact of the knowledge-exchange opportunities arising from these programs, using data from a survey of Indigenous people from northern Australian communities involved in Indigenous land and sea management programs (ILSMPs). We find that ILSMPs are perceived as opportunities for exchange of both western and Indigenous-generated knowledge, with more people reporting opportunities to learn and share traditional rather than western generated knowledge. Aspects of life perceived as improved by learning and sharing were in relation to self, to others (community and family) and the Indigenous culture overall. Learning is having a positive impact on wellbeing; sharing is predominantly positive, but survey responses also reveal some negatives: mostly related to examples of sharing undertaken in culturally inappropriate exchanges, which not only impacts wellbeing, but also erodes the quality of the information exchanged. Reducing the negative sentiments related to sharing will not only improve the wellbeing of Indigenous people, but will also improve the quality of knowledge exchanged with consequent positive outcomes for the environment and society as a whole.

Item ID: 64931
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1873-6106
Keywords: Traditional Ecological and Cultural Knowledge; Learning; Sharing Knowledge; Quality of Life; Wellbeing; Knowledge Sharing Protocols
Copyright Information: © 2020 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Funders: NESP Northern Australia Economics Resources Hub
Projects and Grants: NESP Project 5.3 of the Northern Australian Environmental Resources Hub
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2020 01:55
FoR Codes: 14 ECONOMICS > 1402 Applied Economics > 140219 Welfare Economics @ 30%
14 ECONOMICS > 1402 Applied Economics > 140205 Environment and Resource Economics @ 35%
14 ECONOMICS > 1499 Other Economics > 149902 Ecological Economics @ 35%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9102 Microeconomics > 910209 Preference, Behaviour and Welfare @ 50%
91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9199 Other Economic Framework > 919902 Ecological Economics @ 50%
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