Indigenous Communities

and the Environment

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Declared Indigenous Protected Areas - Case studies

The importance of the IPA lies in the coming together of natural values and the fact that we continue to live on our lands and keep strong our culture, our traditional knowledge and our use and management of our country. Our country continues to nurture us as it did our ancestors and this we also wish for our children. This is our home.
Laynhapuy Homelands Association Inc.

Australia now has over 70 declared Indigenous Protected Areas and other Indigenous communities are in the process of developing their land as an Indigenous Protected Area.

Each declared Indigenous Protected Area is actively managed by its Indigenous owners, who protect their land's plants, animals and cultural sites. The rangers work to control weeds, feral animals and wildfire, and carefully manage visitor impacts.

Every Indigenous Protected Area makes an important contribution to Australia's nation-wide network of parks and reserves, the National Reserve System.

Find a case study in your area by selecting your state or territory from the map or the links below:


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