Indigenous Livelihoods – Summaries and Recommendations of Research Projects

Indigenous Livelihoods – Summaries and Recommendations of Research Projects Report

  • Author(s): NAILSMA
  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance Ltd. (NAILSMA)

Abstract: This publication provides a brief summary and insight into six NAILSMA coordinated livelihood research projects and clearly states the key recommendations and findings of each project. Indigenous Livelihoods - Summaries and Recommendations of Research Projects is a synopsis of the NAILSMA coordinated projects under the Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge (TRaCK) Synthesis and Adoption Year and the Northern Australia Water Futures Assessment (NAWFA) Cultural and Social Program (2011-2012). The TRaCK and NAWFA projects have built on the firm progress, accomplishment and lessons learned from the overall NAILSMA Water Resource Management Program; including the Indigenous Water Policy Group (IWPG), the Indigenous Community Water facilitator Network (ICWFN), the TRaCK Theme 6 (Sustainable Enterprises) Projects and the various water forums and events facilitated by NAILSMA. These forums have provided a platform for Indigenous people to participate in government land and water resource reform agendas, and to ensure Indigenous aspirations, issues and interests are articulated, encouraged and incorporated into any land and water management policy decisions, planning and water allocation processes in north Australia. These projects have principally focused on reflection, consultation and evaluation of the current status of Indigenous livelihoods in relation to northern development, to provide key recommendations for its progression. Although each project was focused around water resource management, the NAWFA Cultural and Social Program aimed to develop knowledge and understanding of Indigenous social, cultural and economic aspirations with respect to land and water management in the context of development in north Australia. This fundamental incorporation of land aligns with the Mary River Statement (2009), where Indigenous leaders stated that water, land and people cannot be separated. Contents: 1. Discussion Paper – Reflections on Researching and Developing Indigenous Livelihoods on Country 2. Indigenous Livelihoods – Background Paper 3. Sustainable Indigenous Livelihoods from North Australian Land and Water Resources – Towards a Research and Development Agenda and Implementation Strategy 4. Supporting Indigenous Livelihoods – Appropriate Scales of Governance 5. Indigenous Knowledge in Water Planning, Management and Policy – Cape York, QLD. Case Studies 6. Capturing Indigenous Knowledge in Water Management Processes – Wudjuli Lagoon Case Study, Ngukurr, NT

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