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Publications and Links


Indigenous people's right to the commercial use and management of water - Policy Position - Strategic Indigenous Reserve - NKS 017/2013

Indigenous Water Policy Statement - NAILSMA Indigenous Water Policy Group, 2009

Mary River Statement 2009

Garma International Indigenous Peoples Water Rights Declaration, 2009


Message Disk 4 - Water 2010 - 2011: View all 26 video stories on ths DVD on our Resources page.

Mataranka Traditional Owners - Making Our Submissionn Our Way - 2012 - 15 minute video.


Indigenous Water Policy Group - 2010

Indigenous Community Water Facilitator Network - 2011

Water Program 2008


Standing Together for Water Rights - 2009

Water Program Poster - 2008

Research Publications:


Indigenous Livelihoods - Summaries and Recommendations of Research Projects 2012: A quick reference tool for those involved in Indigenous livelihoods and northern development discussions, progression and implementation, to ensure that Indigenous people are not only included, but are at the helm of livelihoods and northern development in regard to their country.

Facilitators' Guide to Indigenous Water Planning 2012: A toolkit for facilitators to support Indigenous communities to participate in water planning. The Guide has four components: Handbook, Indigenous Water Planning and Engagement Overview, Resource Modules Summary and Resource Modules Power Point files (15).

Discussion Paper - Reflections on Researching and Developing Indigenous Livelihoods on Country, D Smyth, P Whitehead, 2012

Indigenous Livelihoods - Background Paper, P Whitehead, NAILSMA Knowledge Series 011/2012

Sustainable Indigenous Livelihoods from north Australian land and water resources - Towards a Research and Development Agenda and Implementation Strategy, R Greiner, O Stanley, B Austin, NAILSMA Knowledge Series 008/2012

Supporting Indigenous Livelihoods - Appropriate Scales of Governance, P Sullivan, C Stacey, NAILSMA Knowledge Series 009/2012

Indigenous Knowledge in Water Planning, Management and Policy - Cape York Peninsula, Qld. Case Studies, C Roberts, NAILSMA Knowledge Series 010/2012

Capturing Indigenous Knowledge in Water Management Processes - Wudjuli Lagoon Case Study, Ngukurr, NT, NAILSMA Knowledge Series 007/2012


Indigenous Rights in Water in Northern Australia, M O'Donnell, 2011

Assessment of potential costs and benefits of water trading across northern Australia, WD Nikolakis, RQ Grafton, 2011

Developing an effective conservation and sustainable use economy: two Arnhem Land case studies, N Concu, 2011

Indigenous water values and water planning in the upper Roper River, NT, CSIRO, 2011

Providing for social equity in water markets - the case for an Indigenous reserve in northern Australia. W Nikolakis, Chapter 29, Water Resource Planning and Management, RQ Grafton (Edit) ANU Canberra, 2011

ICWFN Performance Story Report EE Rowley July 2011


Indigenous Australians and water markets in northern Australia William Nikolakis (ANU) - Global Water Forum 2010

Stakeholder values and attitudes towards water markets across northern Australia, WD Nikolakis, RQ Grafton, H To, 2010


Analysis of Institutional arrangements andcontraints affecting the establishment of water markets across northern Australia, WD Nikolakis, RQ Grafton, 2009


An overview of Indigenous Rights in Water Resource Management, Lingiari Foundation, 2008

Indigenous Legal Rights to Freshwater: Australia and the International Context, M Durette, 2008

Fresh Water in the Maningrida Region's Hybrid Economy: Intercultural Contestation of Values and Property Rights, J Altman, V Branchut, 2008

Preliminary study on Indigenous water values and interests in the Katherine region NT, D Cooper, S Jackson,CSIRO, 2008


Indigenous Interests in the National Water Initiative (NWI), S Jackson, CSIRO, 2007


Indigenous Interests in Tropical Rivers: Research and Management Issues,  S Jackson, P O'Leary, CSIRO, 2006

Other Publications:

Indigenous Australians and water markets in northern Australia, W Nikolakis, Global Water Forum, 2010

Sustainable Development in Northern Australia - Northern Australia Water and Land Taskforce Final Report, 2009

Want to know more?

Go to other relevant foundation documents.

National Water Initiative (NWI) 2004

National Plan for Water Security, 2007