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