Abstract: We propose a set of four principles that will improve health and wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal people from their engagement in Aboriginal land management (ALM). ALM has a wide scope. Hence these are general principles rather than specific prescriptions or standards for best practice. These Livelihoods inLand™ principles were developed inductively, synthesised from findings of various studies conducted in the Desert Knowledge CRC’s Livelihoods inLand™ project (Core Project 1), from literature and from other experiences of members of the research group with ALM in desert Australia and in similar contexts internationally. The principles focus only on health and wellbeing outcomes from ALM. Integrated approaches to ALM also need to consider the interface and tradeoffs between health and wellbeing outcomes from ALM and other potential public and private benefits such as biodiversity conservation, economic development and social equity. We define ALM as comprising the activities that Aboriginal people undertake to maintain or enhance the flow of ecosystem services. ALM activities take place in a number of domains: customary or cultural resource management, natural resource management, services that support settlement living, and land-based enterprise. In general, desert Aboriginal people are most strongly motivated by customary or cultural resource management.
Davies, J, Campbell, D, Campbell, M, Douglas, J, Hueneke, H, LaFlamme, M, Pearson, D, Preuss, K, Walker, J, Walsh, F, 2010, Livelihoods inLand: promoting health and wellbeing outcomes from desert Aboriginal land management, Volume:78, Report, viewed 02 December 2023, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=4955.