Re-imagining the Indigenous-conservation alliance

Organiser: Cathy Robinson, CSIRO

The relationship between Indigenous and conservation agendas has had a troubled past and continues to challenge contemporary co-management agreements. At times conservation areas have had a negative impact on Indigenous people and Indigenous rights, collaborations between conservation science and Indigenous knowledge is often an aspiration rather than a reality, and Indigenous people’s aspirations for their communities and estates can appear to contradict conservation goals. On the other hand, Indigenous and conservation alliances have resulted in the return of millions of hectares of land to Indigenous ownership, defeated proposals for incompatible development inside world heritage areas, secured significant government and philanthropic funding for Indigenous land and sea management and given a voice to Indigenous people in international fora and mechanisms such as the World Heritage and Biodiversity Conventions. This session acknowledges both the challenges and the opportunities, focusing on the potential for re-imagining Indigenous conservation alliances and partnerships. We welcome papers that: highlight the environmental significance of Indigenous estates around the world; show-case the innovative approaches used by Indigenous landholders to protect the natural and cultural values of their land and sea estates; and consider new conservation standards and opportunities for environmental service provision that also improve long-term livelihood security and well-being of Indigenous peoples and local communities.

02:30  Anna R. Renwick  Importance of Indigenous community-based conservation in threatened species management

02:40  Josie Carwardine  A collaborative approach to setting priorities for threatened species on Indigenous lands

02:50  Marcus Barber  The wider social outcomes from Indigenous Australian land management – concepts and categories for enhanced valuations

03:00  Ngukurr Youngbala Team and Emily Ens Creating mutual benefits for Country and culture in SE Arnhem Land

03:10  Jennifer Macdonald  Who decides what is successful in contemporary Indigenous land and sea management?

03:20 Cathy Robinson  Indigenous Care for Country and the reframing of ecosystem services

03:30  Rosemary Hill  Indigenous and conservation intersections on Cape York Peninsula: reconfiguring the landscape of opportunities

03:40  Tony Jupp  Martu Living Deserts Project – a successful Indigenous-conservation partnership

03:50  Discussion

Location: Room P6 Date: July 6, 2016 Time: 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm