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Ecosystems based enterprise opportunities for Indigenous people in northern Australian savannas

Sangha, Kamaljit and Russell-Smith, Jeremy (2015). Ecosystems based enterprise opportunities for Indigenous people in northern Australian savannas. Darwin, NT: Darwin Centre for Bushfire Research (DCBR), Charles Darwin University.

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School, Research Institute or Centre Darwin Centre for Bushfire Research
Author Sangha, Kamaljit
Russell-Smith, Jeremy
Title of Report Ecosystems based enterprise opportunities for Indigenous people in northern Australian savannas
Publication Date 2015
Year Available 2015
Publisher Darwin Centre for Bushfire Research (DCBR), Charles Darwin University
Place of Publication Darwin, NT
Start Page 1
End Page 27
Total Pages 27
Collection Year 2015
Field of Research 210000 Science - General
270799 Ecology and Evolution not elsewhere classified
220000 Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts - General
270703 Terrestrial Ecology
349999 Economics not elsewhere classified
340213 Economic Development and Growth
Abstract We provide an economic perspective of the role of Indigenous communities in managing savanna natural resources i.e. their duty of care for country, their use and value of these reso¬urces and related capabilities. This study addresses the main ecological, economic and social issues, and the related challenges, associated with current development proposals for Australia’s northern savannas. To connect these issues, we propose a savanna ecosystem services (ES)-economy framework based upon people’s connections with their country, and apply Sen’s capability approach to understand the importance of such connections for indigenous wellbeing. Currently the role of many, especially intangible ES, for indigenous wellbeing is greatly underestimated and misunderstood. We outline payments for ES (PES) opportunities that will enhance livelihoods of rural indigenous communities while providing them with culturally appropriate employment. We evaluate current Government-funded environmental programs that mostly address ecosystem management, in comparison to PES programs. Our framework emphasizes the importance of regional PES programs for developing long-term sustainable economies that provide culturally appropriate benefits for local communities, as well as for the wider Australian public.
Keyword Ecosystems
Payments for ecosystem services
Ecosystem services
Indigenous wellbeing
Indigenous livelihoods
Capability approach
Additional Notes Occasional Paper Series: DCBR 2015/05


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