Abstract: North Australia is a significant reservoir for biodiversity and contains some of the least impacted ecosystems found anywhere, but it also faces a range of environmental threats. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples living in north Australia have gained significant legal recognition of their rights to own and manage their traditional lands. Many Indigenous community-based land and sea organizations have emerged that support ranger programmes that actively manage traditional estates. Coupled with recognition of land claims, support for ranger programmes is a practical and culturally effective way to support the rights of Indigenous peoples to manage their traditional lands under international, national, and customary laws. The I-Tracker project, an initiative of the North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance (NAILSMA), empowers Indigenous communities by providing them with the tools and skills to effectively collect and manage environmental data. Utilizing robust field computers and internationally-acclaimed CyberTracker® software, the project is underpinned by a set of guiding principles that are centred on the cultural rights and obligations of Traditional Owners. While focused on providing tools to inform local-level management and decision-making, the project also facilitates data sharing to address regional, national, and international environmental issues, thus supporting Australia in meeting its national and international conservation obligations.
Rod Kennett, Micha Jackson, Joe Morrison, Joshua Kitchens, 2010, Indigenous Rights and Obligations to Manage Traditional Land and Sea Estates in North Australia: The Role of Indigenous Rangers and the I-Tracker Project, Volume:17, Journal Article, viewed 13 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=3143.