Indigenous land and sea managers are working across Australia for natural and cultural resource conservation. Justifying the outcomes of effort to funding bodies, the broader public and local communities is thwarted, however, by language differences, lack of technical capacity and complex local socio-economic and political histories. This paper details ways that two remote Indigenous ranger groups are collaborating with non-Indigenous ecologists to address this situation using Indigenous and non-Indigenous (two-way) techniques.
Looking back to move forward: Collaborative ecological monitoring in remote Arnhem Land
Version of Record online: 26 JAN 2012
© 2011 Ecological Society of Australia
Ecological Management & Restoration
Special Issue: Indigenous land and sea management in remote Australia (Guest edited by Dr Emilie Ens)
Volume 13, Issue 1, pages 26–35, January 2012
How to Cite
Ens, E. J., Towler, G. M., Daniels, C., the Yugul Mangi Rangers and the Manwurrk Rangers (2012), Looking back to move forward: Collaborative ecological monitoring in remote Arnhem Land. Ecological Management & Restoration, 13: 26–35. doi: 10.1111/j.1442-8903.2011.00627.x
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