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Indigenous futures and sustainable development in north Australia - Discussion Paper - NKS 018/2013

Author:  NAILSMA P Whitehead
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This Discussion Paper was prepared as part of the background briefing for the North Australian Indigenous Experts Forum, held in at Mary River NT, June 2012 to stimulate and focus discussion at the Forum.

It is based on results of preliminary meetings of the Indigenous Experts Panel and consultations with the Northern Australia Ministerial Forum. It also builds on the work of the 2009 Indigenous Experts Water Futures Forum who set down the Mary River Principles for resource management, and the 2012 National Indigenous Sea Country Workshop which reiterated those principles and their application to the management of marine resources.

A key component of those principles is to ensure that the Indigenous owners of north Australia have access to the resources needed to participate equitably in the 'development of policies, setting and allocations and management of regulatory schemes'.

The Discussion Paper was republished as a NAILSMA Knowledge Series in March 2013.

Find out more about the North Australian Indigenous Experts Forum here.

Download NKS 018/2013 pdf here.


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