TRaCK: Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge

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Indigenous water use

Nyikina Mangala Mardoowarra (Fitzroy River): Sustainable livelihoods on country case study

This participatory, action-based research project documened the factors that have contributed to the Nyikina Mangala Traditional Owners' sustainable livelihoods agenda to date. The project also worked to build local leadership and governance capacity, developed and implemented a number of strategic management plans, and documented barriers, strategies and actions to achieve Indigenous sustainable livelihoods on country.


Development of a holistic sustainable Indigenous livelihoods plan for the Archer River Basin, Cape York

Traditional Owners and their supporting organisations from the Archer River catchment worked with TRaCK in a participatory, action-based research project that lead to the development of a holistic basin-wide sustainable Indigenous livelihoods plan. The plan focused on the delivery of environmental services by Indigenous people and looked for other opportunities that would contribute to a sustainable livelihoods agenda.

Developing an effective conservation and sustainable use economy in Arnhem Land: options for payment for environmental services

Much of the Indigenous estate in north Australia is either thinly populated or unpopulated. There is emerging evidence that, in situations where Indigenous people live on their country, ecological and wider benefits are generated via favourable fire regimes, control over weed infestations, and potentially through feral animal harvesting.  When people are on country, they generate economic benefit for themselves by harvesting wildlife for consumption and engage with the market sector by using natural resources in commercial enterprise like arts and crafts production.

Indigenous rights to water in northern Australia

This project further built on recent work done on international developments in Indigenous water rights.  The project examined the detail of present law and associated process in northern Australia and the way it deals with native title and other Indigenous interests in water.  In particular, the project investigated (i) the match of State and Territory law to the National Water Initiative in areas affecting Indigenous interests; (ii) obligations under existing law and process in water planning, including the nature of consultation required, treatment of native title etc and; (iii) implicat

Establishing water markets in northern Australia

Northern Australian Indigenous people are among the most disadvantaged in the nation.  Improved socio-economic status depends on access to, and sustainable use of, natural resources, including water.

This research examined the potential effectiveness and durability of water markets in tropical Australia, how the transition to market-based allocation interacts with existing institutions, and the potential socio-economic impacts arising from an open trading market.

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