Indigenous Communities

and the Environment

Paruku Western Australia

Environmental benefits

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When we came to Ninghan, the land was degraded.
My uncle used to say that we were put here to look after the land and everything on it.
I think it's good that I learn about the IPA now so that when it is my calling to run the station I will have the knowledge to carry on the responsibilities.
Drew Bell, Traditional Owner, Ningan IPA

Indigenous communities manage Indigenous Protected Areas to protect their significant natural values for future generations.

Australia Indigenous Protected Areas cover more than 26 million hectares - that's an area twice the size of Tasmania - and are found in some of Australia's rarest and most fragile environments.

Each declared Indigenous Protected Area is actively managed by its Indigenous owners, administered through an Indigenous organisation or land council.

Their management relies on both traditional and western scientific knowledge to deliver the best outcome for the environment and the community.

Day to day management includes weed and feral animal control, fire management, revegetation, wildlife protection and monitoring.

This management has helped protect threatened or endangered plants and animals across the country. Animals like Tasmania's mutton birds, the Top End's marine turtles and Australia's largest lizard the Perentie have all received additional protection thanks to Indigenous Protected Areas.

Prior to declaration Indigenous Protected Areas undergo an environmental assessment to ensure they meet international standards for protected areas.