North Australia is home to much of the nation’s biodiversity and many environmental assets. These assets have for thousands of years been managed by Indigenous people who have developed sustainable land and sea management skills and knowledge by living and connecting with the land and sea. Looking after our country… our way is playing a crucial part in driving the economy in the region.
NAILSMA has spearheaded the concept of a culture-based economy. This places enormous importance on cultural values, beliefs and practices, and links cultural knowledge to wisdom gained from thousands of years of managing and connecting with the land and sea.
Long-term economic health depends on environmental and cultural health. The concept of a culture-based economy enables Indigenous people to engage directly in the market economy and at the same time value and strengthen their own cultural values, beliefs and practices as well as use their knowledge of land and sea management. Country + Culture = Economy and more resilient Indigenous communities across north Australia.