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An assessment of environmental sustainability in Northern Australia using the ecological footprint and with reference to Indigenous populations and remoteness

Wood, R. and Garnett, Stephen (2009). An assessment of environmental sustainability in Northern Australia using the ecological footprint and with reference to Indigenous populations and remoteness. Ecological Economics,68(5):1375-1384.

Document type: Journal Article

IRMA ID 78220986xPUB36
Title An assessment of environmental sustainability in Northern Australia using the ecological footprint and with reference to Indigenous populations and remoteness
Author Wood, R.
Garnett, Stephen
Journal Name Ecological Economics
Publication Date 2009
Volume Number 68
Issue Number 5
ISSN 0921-8009   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-60249099977
Start Page 1375
End Page 1384
Total Pages 10
Place of Publication Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Nearly a third of the population of the Northern Territory of Australia is Indigenous and the Northern Territory environment has sustained Indigenous cultures for millennia. Under traditional management the land area used per person was relatively large but few resources were imported. Although the reliance on local resources has declined through interactions with Western society, at least some exploitation of the natural environment remains. This means that higher-density urban populations, which are largely non-Indigenous, have larger footprints than rural and remote populations, which are largely Indigenous. Thus Northern Territory urban populations are not necessarily requiring less land, but are just offsetting their land impacts to other regions. Finally, Indigenous ecological footprints are found to be heavily influenced by the provision of government services.
Keywords ecological footprint
Indigenous
Australia
remoteness
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2008.09.008   (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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