The Australian Indigenous-led bush products sector: insights from the literature and recommendations for the future

Jarvis, Diane, Maclean, Kirsten, and Woodward, Emma (2022) The Australian Indigenous-led bush products sector: insights from the literature and recommendations for the future. Ambio, 51. pp. 226-240.

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The development of an Australian Indigenous led bush products sector presents opportunities for Indigenous Australians to create new livelihoods, and build on existing enterprises, based on their unique knowledge systems and long established socio-cultural and environmental management practices. This review draws on Australian literature from 2005 to 2018 to establish a better understanding of the benefits that could result from the development of this sector in northern Australia; identify the key challenges that need to be addressed to facilitate sector development; and identify possible solutions. Insights reveal that while there are significant, and potentially self-sustaining opportunities offered by the development of the sector, these are unlikely to be realised without appropriate actions to resolve knowledge and skills gaps and address significant social, cultural and legal challenges. We propose a conceptual framework for the appropriate, sustainable and self-sustaining growth of the sector and end with policy and research recommendations to support growth.

Item ID: 67477
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1654-7209
Keywords: Benefits trade-offs and challenges; Bush products; Indigenous cultural and intellectual property (ICIP); Indigenous enterprise and economic development; Indigenous knowledge; Social and cultural benefits
Copyright Information: (C) Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences 2021
Funders: Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA)
Projects and Grants: CRCNA AT.2.1718054 Building the Traditional Owner-led Bush Products Sector
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2021 00:31
FoR Codes: 38 ECONOMICS > 3801 Applied economics > 380105 Environment and resource economics @ 50%
38 ECONOMICS > 3801 Applied economics > 380119 Welfare economics @ 50%
SEO Codes: 21 INDIGENOUS > 2199 Other Indigenous > 219999 Other Indigenous not elsewhere classified @ 40%
15 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 1502 Macroeconomics > 150203 Economic growth @ 30%
15 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 1505 Microeconomics > 150503 Industrial organisations @ 30%
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