Potential benefits of Aboriginal joint management
For Aboriginal people with a cultural association with a park
- recognition of cultural association with the land or traditional ownership
- opportunity to sustain spiritual and cultural activities
- participation in park management decision making
- protection of cultural sites and heritage
- opportunity to educate people about Aboriginal culture and contribute to reconciliation
- training and employment opportunities.
For the NPWS
- opportunity to protect and interpret cultural heritage and recognise cultural and historic dimension to conservation
- opportunity to access and apply Aboriginal knowledge in land management and the conservation of cultural and natural values
- contribution to reconciliation.
For biodiversity conservation
- recognition of the cultural values associated with the park's biodiversity
- improved protection and management of biodiversity values through application of Aboriginal knowledge and practices
For park visitors
- appreciation of the cultural values of the park
- opportunity to communicate with Aboriginal owners and/or employees
- participation in the process of reconciliation.
From Smyth D , 'Joint management of national parks' in Baker R, Davies J & Young E (eds) 2001, Working on country: contemporary indigenous management of Australia's lands and coastal regions, Oxford University Press.
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