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Indigenous cultural and natural resources management and mobility in Arnhem Land, Northern Australia

Zander, Kerstin K., Dunnett, Desleigh R., Brown, Christine, Campion, Otto, Daniels, Cherry, Daniels, Grace, Nelson, Edna, Daniels, Geraldine, Blitner, Godfrey, Carson, Dean B. and Garnett, Stephen T. (2014). Indigenous cultural and natural resources management and mobility in Arnhem Land, Northern Australia. Human Ecology,42(3):443-453.

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Title Indigenous cultural and natural resources management and mobility in Arnhem Land, Northern Australia
Author Zander, Kerstin K.
Dunnett, Desleigh R.
Brown, Christine
Campion, Otto
Daniels, Cherry
Daniels, Grace
Nelson, Edna
Daniels, Geraldine
Blitner, Godfrey
Carson, Dean B.
Garnett, Stephen T.
Journal Name Human Ecology
Publication Date 2014
Volume Number 42
Issue Number 3
ISSN 1572-9915   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84901986834
Start Page 443
End Page 453
Total Pages 11
Place of Publication United States of America
Publisher Springer New York LLC
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Many programmes formally engage Australian Indigenous people in land and sea management to provide environmental services. There are also many Indigenous people who 'look after country' without rewards or payment because of cultural obligations. We investigated how Indigenous peoples' mobility in and around two communities (Maningrida and Ngukurr) is affected by their formal or informal engagement in cultural and natural resource management (CNRM). Understanding factors that influence peoples' mobility is important if essential services are to be provided to communities efficiently. We found that those providing formal CNRM were significantly less likely to stay away from settlements than those 'looking after their country' without payment or reward. Paying Indigenous people to engage with markets for CNRM through carbon farming or payments for environmental services (PES) schemes may alter traditional activities and reduce mobility, particularly movements away from communities that extend the time spent overnight on country. This could have both environmental and social consequences that could be managed through greater opportunities for people to engage in formal CNRM while living away from communities and greater recognition of the centrality of culture to all Indigenous CNRM, formal or otherwise.
Keywords Arnhem Land
Cultural obligations
Fire management
Land and sea management
Northern Australia
Payments for Environmental Services (PES)
Pest control
Temporary movements
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10745-014-9657-5   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
Additional Notes Accepted manuscript pp.1-34.


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