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Recognition of Aboriginal rights, interests and values in river research and management: Perspectives from northern Australia

Jackson, Sue, Storrs, Michael and Morrison, Joe (2005). Recognition of Aboriginal rights, interests and values in river research and management: Perspectives from northern Australia. Ecological Management and Restoration,6(2):105-110.

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Title Recognition of Aboriginal rights, interests and values in river research and management: Perspectives from northern Australia
Author Jackson, Sue
Storrs, Michael
Morrison, Joe
Journal Name Ecological Management and Restoration
Publication Date 2005
Volume Number 6
Issue Number 2
ISSN 1442-7001   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-23744464357
Start Page 105
End Page 110
Total Pages 6
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Field of Research 0602 - Ecology
Abstract Aboriginal people perceive land and water as equal components of country, and hold distinct perspectives on water relating to identity and attachment to place, environmental knowledge, resource security, and the exercise of custodial responsibilities to manage interrelated parts of customary estates. This paper documents Aboriginal perspectives from certain areas in northern Australia, defined as the region of tropical savannas stretching from Townsville to Broome, and offers a number of suggestions for improving current knowledge of Aboriginal values and Aboriginal participation rates in water and catchment management. The paper highlights the cultural significance of rivers and water in selected northern regions, and provides a preliminary outline of research and management priorities as determined by key north Australian Aboriginal land management organizations. Priorities include developing the capacity for collaborative aquatic resource management, conservation of traditional ecological knowledge, riparian resource inventories and threat assessment, as well as improved Aboriginal participation in catchment management and water policy. Although there is a strong north Australian focus to this paper, the issues raised are relevant to water and natural resource management policy throughout Australia.
Keywords Aboriginal land management
Cultural values of water
Traditional environmental knowledge
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1442-8903.2005.00226.x   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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