Strategy

Strong people, strong country

Co-managing parks in South Australia

1 May 2018
Description

Co-management in South Australia is about bringing together traditional Aboriginal beliefs and contemporary Western perspectives on the importance of looking after land. The concept recognises that Aboriginal and conservation challenges and initiatives cannot be addressed in isolation: that healthy country and healthy communities go hand-in-hand. It is about taking care of both the cultural and natural values of land, providing Aboriginal groups that have retained a strong land connection with a framework to manage their land for healthy biodiversity and community outcomes. By recognising Aboriginal rights and credibility, co-management agreements also educate the broader community and instill pride amongst communities: they give real meaning to reconciliation

Key findings:

  • By combining customary and contemporary knowledge, comanagement agreements can offer real gains in managing conservation areas of South Australia and bring about profound economic and social improvements for Aboriginal communities.
  • By recognising Aboriginal rights and credibility, co-management agreements also educate the broader community and instill pride amongst communities: they give real meaning to reconciliation.
  • The Gawler land committee brings together three Aboriginal groups in partnership with government, all the people bring something to the table. It’s about looking after the landscape for the community.
  • The Mamungari Conservation Co-Management Board use the park to teach Anangu children how to look after the country and to ensure connection to place, and stories, continuing to be told into the future.
Publication Details
Language: 
English
License Type: 
CC BY
Published year only: 
2018
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