Land and Sea Management

The North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance Ltd (NAILSMA) uses partnerships to build resilience and prosperity across a diverse range of issues affecting Indigenous land and sea managers.

What the projects of NAILSMA aim to achieve is to build the resilience and prosperity of Indigenous people in north Australia through partnerships, be they communities, government, philanthropic or non-government. The importance of our approach is that Indigenous people, the practitioners are on their country, and are achieving significant outcomes that contribute to healthy country and healthy people.’

Peter Yu, Founding NAILSMA Board member

Looking after our country.....our way

The philosophy of Looking after our country...our way underpins all efforts by the North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance Ltd (NAILSMA). It is this philosophy that drives our vision of a future for north Australia with Indigenous people, their aspirations and their lands as its foundation.

Combining Indigenous knowledge with science and research, we are recognised for our expertise in biodiversity, water policy and planning, marine and coastal care and use, data collection and carbon management. We have been instrumental in advocating for the establishment of Indigenous ranger programs, Marine Management, Indigenous carbon opportunities and subsequent support delivered by the Australian Government.

NAILSMA works across four broad program areas including: Land and Sea Management; Education, Training and Professional Development; Economic Development and Employment; and Collaborative Research Partnerships. Our projects often achieve multiple outcomes across our program areas such as supporting Indigenous knowledge, Indigenous livelihoods and working with Traditional Owners, so may be listed under more than one program area.