What are the benefits of Indigenous Ranger programmes?

Answer

Indigenous Ranger programmes have economic, health, and environmental benefits.

The economic benefits include the creation of employment and training opportunities in remote and otherwise economically-marginalised communities. Many groups engage in Certificate level study in Conservation and Land Management. Savings occur from reduced welfare payments as people find paid work on their country.

Health benefits include greater rates of exercise and lower rates of obesity or other diseases. Rangers experience greater self-esteem and confidence as a consequence of their role.

The environment benefits from increased management of exotic threats like pigs and cats and the careful management of threatened species like the Greater Bilby. Over 70% of projects are tackling particular weeds which pose a significant threat to Australia's ecology.

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