Indigenous Communities

and the Environment

Sea Forum Case Study

Working with Indigenous Knowledge in Natural Resource Management
Commonwealth of Australia, 2004
ISBN 0 642 55032 8

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About the publication

The following case study is taken from the recently closed Sea Forum website as an example of an agreement between Indigenous communities and a Regional Natural Resource Management Body.

The main issues for Sea Forum are the sea rights and interests of the Southern Great Barrier Reef Traditional Owners,and the overall management of our sea country at the southern Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

As Traditional Owners, we have certain resource management goals. Existing management of the Southern Great Barrier Reef (SGBR)offers us opportunities as well as limitations in the pursuit of these goals.

Sea Forum has decided that to improve our chances of achieving these goals, we need to negotiate with the Government management agencies and industry to create a framework agreement for the whole region. t is hoped that this framework will help Traditional Owners negotiate at the local level and achieve their goals for their country.

Each sea country estate area will have its own management structures, based on the local needs and rights of Traditional Owners.



The views and opinions expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Australian Government or the Minister for the Environment and Heritage.


While reasonable efforts have been made to ensure that the contents of this publication are factually correct, the Commonwealth does not accept responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of the contents, and shall not be liable for any loss or damage that may be occasioned directly or indirectly through the use of, or reliance on, the contents of this publication.

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