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Social benefits of Aboriginal engagement in Natural Resource management

Working Paper 60 / 2009



This paper examines the social benefits of Aboriginal engagement in natural resource management (NRM) in New South Wales (NSW). It first explores what may be meant by Aboriginal engagement in NRM and then outlines the NSW policy context in which that occurs. Before examining the social benefits evident in NSW, the paper reviews the literature on social benefits emerging internationally and in other Australian jurisdictions. Returning to NSW, the paper outlines the scope of Aboriginal involvement in natural resource management across the state, on Indigenous-owned land, public lands and private land. It also explores opportunities which native title claims have provided to date, Aboriginal involvement in threatened species management, and briefly canvasses issues relating to in relation to water rights as well as sea coun