'Our Country Our Way: Guidelines for Australian Indigenous Protected Area Management
'Our Country Our Way: Guidelines for Australian Indigenous Protected Area Management'
Indigenous Protected Areas (IPAs) are a ground-breaking initiative that straddles two major contemporary issues, environmental management and Indigenous cultural survival and adaptation. The Australian IPAs have arisen since the mid 1990s, in parallel with similar global movements refl ected in the term Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas. Our Country Our Way has been written for the managers of IPAs, IPA and Co-Management Consultation Projects, and their staff. Their primary aim is to provide practical guidance about how to achieve Management Plans that recognise the connections between Indigenous people, country, traditional law and culture, while also meeting national and international standards for protected area management. In so doing, this document invites planners and others to enter an Indigenous conceptual terrain and consider some highly innovative and at times challenging intercultural adaptations.