This project, led by the CSIRO, undertakes co-research with the Rainforest Aboriginal peoples and communities, governments, researchers and protected area managers.
It aims to investigate the potential of Indigenous Protected Areas (IPAs) and other collaborative models in identifying the conditions that lead to effective protected-area management as well as useful tools to engage Indigenous values and world views.
Issues relating to the conceptualisation of the co-management journey and the evaluation of management arrangements - including recognition of Indigenous knowledge and values - will be explored as they relate to the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area in northern Queensland. AIATSIS' role is in advisory advisory capacity for this project.
The project will deliver tested mechanisms for governance and collaboration between Indigenous peoples, government managers and other key partners for biodiversity and Indigenous cultural conservation of protected areas in the region.
- Indigenous Co-management and Biodiversity Protection Project
- National Environmental Research Program (NERP)