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The management of climate change through prescribed Savanna burning: Emerging contributions of indigenous people in Northern Australia

Whitehead, Peter J., Purdon, Paul, Russell-Smith, Jeremy, Cooke, Peter M. and Sutton, Stephen (2008). The management of climate change through prescribed Savanna burning: Emerging contributions of indigenous people in Northern Australia. Public Administration and Development: the international journal of management research and practice,28(5):374-385.

Document type: Journal Article

IRMA ID 75039815xPUB217
Title The management of climate change through prescribed Savanna burning: Emerging contributions of indigenous people in Northern Australia
Author Whitehead, Peter J.
Purdon, Paul
Russell-Smith, Jeremy
Cooke, Peter M.
Sutton, Stephen
Journal Name Public Administration and Development: the international journal of management research and practice
Publication Date 2008
Volume Number 28
Issue Number 5
ISSN 0271-2075   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 374
End Page 385
Total Pages 12
Place of Publication UK
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Field of Research 1402 - Applied Economics
1605 - Policy and Administration
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Australia has committed to substantial cuts in greenhouse gas emissions (GHGE) achieved through a national emissions trading system, raising important issues for relatively undeveloped regions of Northern Australia and, in particular, Indigenous lands. Can mostly Indigenous and socio-economically disadvantaged people living in such regions develop institutions to contribute significantly to the mitigation of GHGE, yet pursue regional development? Will national policies adequately recognise the special needs and potential contributions of such communities? These questions and the challenges inherent in them are addressed in this article with reference to a significant initiative involving the community management of landscape fire to reduce annual GHGE from savanna burning. This initiative appears to offer potential for engagement with global carbon markets, but it will need local, national and international support, along with appropriate changes in attitudes and legal arrangements, to ensure an equitable distribution of tangible rewards, while protecting the cultural and related benefits of customary fire use.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pad.512   (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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