Incorporating Indigenous values with 'Western' conservation values in sustainable biodiversity management

Lynch, , A.J.J, Fell, D.G and McIntyre-Tamwoy, Susan (2010) Incorporating Indigenous values with 'Western' conservation values in sustainable biodiversity management. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 17 (4). 244-255. ISSN 1448-6563 [Article]

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Abstract (in English)

Biodiversity management in Australia is underlain by legislative mechanisms such as the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cwlth) and policies such as the national Strategy for the Conservation of Australia's Biological Diversity and the international Convention on Biological Diversity. While these policy directives encompass a range of values and components of 'biodiversity', on-ground planning and development assessments often focus only on threatened species and ecosystems as defined in state and national legislation.In regions such as northern Cape York Peninsula, which is managed by the resident Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities as Deed of Grant in Trust (DOGIT), planning for biodiversity management needs to acknowledge the high cultural values of such areas and to encompass Indigenous values and perspectives. A recent study assessed the significant species and habitats of the greater Lockerbie Scrub – the northernmost extent of rainforest in Australia and a region with high species and ecosystem diversity. While it is acknowledged that research into the cultural values of the plant species is preliminary, the minimal overlap between lists of flora from Western (i.e. under legislative mechanisms) and Traditional Owner perspectives suggests that cultural differences in values and perceptions may result in differing conservation management priorities. A more holistic, integrative approach to local and national biodiversity management planning could accommodate multiple perspectives and enable greater environmental and socio-cultural sustainability. This paper available from:

Item Type: Article
Lynch, , A.J.J
Fell, D.G
McIntyre-Tamwoy, Susan
Languages: English
Keywords: Indigenous values; conservation; Gudang; biodiversity; environmental management; cultural values; Australia
Subjects: N.ANTHROPOLOGY > 04. Other
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 06. Knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe
P. GEOGRAPHIC AREAS > 04. Asia and Pacific islands
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Lockerbie Scrub, Cape York Peninsula
Volume: 17
Number: 4
ISSN: 1448-6563
Depositing User: Dr Susan McIntyre-Tamwoy
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2011 10:55
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2011 15:23

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