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Strong on Country: Sustaining Success in Indigenous Land and Sea Management in Australia

9 Dec 2021

NEW REPORT

 

Indigenous land and sea management is critical to Australia’s current and future frontline response to managing biodiversity and cultural values across land and sea. Australia’s growing Indigenous Protected Area estate covers over 74m hectares making up almost half of all protected areas on land. With more than 130 separate teams of community led Indigenous Rangers Australia wide working in many different local contexts, it is vital that we learn from the lessons of past decades to strengthen our approach going forward.  

This new report from Country Needs People, “Strong on Country: Sustaining Success in Indigenous Land and Sea Management in Australia” sets out key areas of focus that are central to a creating successful working environment for Indigenous rangers, Indigenous Protected Areas, and related caring for country work. The report analyses the common themes and elements of success across the sector and makes clear recommendations for sector improvement. Using case studies drawn directly from the experience of community led Indigenous organisations this report urges state and federal governments to reorient, reconnect and re-align focus on the key elements that help deliver this success.  

 

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Strong Women on Country: The success of women caring for country as Indigenous rangers and on Indigenous Protected Areas

23 May 2018

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women play a vital role protecting nature and cultural heritage for the benefit of every Australian. This report details the achievements of women Indigenous rangers and on Indigenous Protected Areas across Australia.

Download at this link: Strong Women on Country: The success of women caring for country as Indigenous rangers and on Indigenous Protected Areas

 

Protecting Nature for All of Us: The environmental benefits delivered by Australia’s Indigenous Protected Areas and Indigenous rangers

30 Mar 2017

This report brings together case studies of Indigenous Protected Areas and Indigenous rangers, finding that these programs protect nature for the benefit of all Australians. The case studies include examples of how Indigenous land and sea management can improve the environment both a local and national scale.

Download at this link: Protecting Nature for All of Us: The environmental benefits delivered by Australia’s Indigenous Protected Areas and Indigenous rangers

Working for Our Country: A review of the economic and social benefits of Indigenous land and sea management

21 May 2016

This national review of Indigenous ranger and Indigenous Protected areas programs has found they are transforming remote communities through creating economic opportunities in some of the most disadvantaged areas of Australia, as well as improving health and education levels.

Working for Our Country: A review of the economic and social benefits of Indigenous land and sea management

Social return on investment analysis of five Indigenous Protected Areas

20 May 2016

Analysis into the social return on investment of Indigenous Protected Areas in four corners of Australia have demonstrated the incredible value of Indigenous land and sea management programs on environmental, social and cultural outcomes.

Reporting back... 2014 - 15 How Indigenous Ranger and Indigenous Protected Area programmes are working on country

8 Nov 2019

This report by the Australian Government Department of Environment details achievements of Indigenous land and sea management teams for the year 2014 - 15.

Reporting back... 2013-14 Working on Country and Indigenous Protected Area Programs

8 Nov 2019

This report from the Australian Government Department of Environment pulls together a summary of the many achievements of the Working on Country Indigenous ranger and Indigenous Protected Area programmes for the year 2013-14.

Assessment of the social outcomes of the Working on Country program

7 Dec 2015

This assessment found that the social outcomes of Working on Country are diverse, wide-ranging and interconnected and can be categorised according to health and wellbeing, economic, cultural and educational outcomes for the individual rangers, their families and communities.

Respecting culture and country - Indigenous Protected Areas in Australia: The first 15 years

7 Dec 2015

This book is a tribute by the Australian Government to the work of Indigenous communities managing land and sea country. 

Healthy country, healthy people: the relationship between Indigenous health status and “caring for country”

1 Dec 2015

Greater Indigenous participation in caring for country activities is associated with significantly better health.  Peer reviewed medical research has identified that Ranger and IPA workers have significantly improved health outcomes on key ‘health gap’ measures such as,  Lower Body Mass Index, Less abdominal obesity, Less Diabetes, Lower blood pressure, Higher ‘good’ cholesterol levels, Lower psychological distress ratings, Lower Cardio Vascular Disease risk, Lower renal (kidney) disease.  The article in the link below is from the Medical Journal of Australia and apllied sophisticated analyses controlling for other influences.  Read the research article here

Other work has found also that in people actively engaged in Ranger work the instance of substance abuse including alcohol related problems was significantly reduced

People on Country, Vital Landscapes, Indigenous Futures

14 Nov 2015

This book draws on a diversity of perspectives to document a significant social and environmental movement that is quietly gathering momentum across this vast Indigenous estate. This series of essays, drawn from an unusual collaboration between university researchers and Indigenous land owners, tells a little-known story about Aboriginal people who are living on, working on and caring for the lands and seas that they own and manage. The ongoing struggles by Indigenous people to conserve and rehabilitate the outstanding natural and cultural values of their ancestral lands deserve wide recognition and acclaim.

Link to the book here

Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa Social Return on Investment report

14 Nov 2015

A report which aims to understand, measure and value the social, economic and cultural changes generated through the On-Country programs of KJ, a Martu organisation that operates in several Western Australian (WA) desert communities. 

Read the KJ Social Return on Investment report here

Working for Queensland

24 Jan 2020

Facts, figures and case studies about the success of the Queensland Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger program, and why we need to grow and secure its funding.

Our Country Our Way: Guidelines for Australian Indigenous Protected Area Management Plans

5 Nov 2021

The Guidelines draw on examples from IPAs and Co-Management Consultation Projects around Australia to illustrate the unique cultural settings and vibrant Indigenous management strategies on country. We thank the many Indigenous traditional owners and/or custodians for their permission to include examples from their IPAs and Consultation Projects.

Country Needs People Annual Report 2020-2021

17 May 2022

ANNUAL REPORT 2020 - 2021

The 2020-21 Annual Report is Country Needs People’s first annual report as an independent organisation. It outlines a range of achievements throughout our first year of operation, and also includes some case studies of our campaigns and activities in that period.

 

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