Indigenous knowledge in water planning, management and policy: Cape York Peninsula, QLD Case Studies
North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance Ltd (NAILSMA) for
Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPaC) and the National Water Commission (NWC), 2012
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About this publication
This report stems from the National Water Initiatives' inclusion of Indigenous interest in future water management.
In the context of Indigenous and non-Indigenous water planning, the study details two Cape York Studies - one at Aurukun and one at Coen. The responses of Traditional Owners to planning proposals and the researchers' interpretation of these responses form a major part of the report.
The report deals with the broader implications of future water policy for Indigenous land holders and their communities. The lack of appreciation of Indigenous water values and past failure to gain meaningful input into policy from Indigenous spokespersons has led to a serious mismatch of processes and expectations. Recommendations are made to remove procedural constraints to cooperative planning in future policy planning activities.
Note: This report was jointly funded by the National Water Commission and the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. 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 Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. 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.