People on Country, Vital Landscapes, Indigenous Futures

People on Country, Vital Landscapes, Indigenous Futures

Fri, 06/07/2012 - 09:30

About the Presenter

Prof Jon Altman

Jon Altman is a social sciences research professor at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR), The Australian National University, Canberra; he is also an adjunct professor at RIEL and an ARC Australian Professorial fellow.

From 1990--2010 he was foundation director of CAEPR. Professor Altman has recently focused his research attention on the role that natural and cultural resource management might play in the complex development challenges facing Indigenous hybrid economies in very remote regions.


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Over the past four decades Aboriginal people living in remote Australia have been empowered by land rights and native title laws to claim back large tracts of their ancestral lands.

Today the Indigenous estate covers over 20 per cent of the continent and includes areas of globally significant biodiversity and cultural value, many now declared as Indigenous Protected Areas within the National Reserve System.

But none of the Indigenous estate is in its pre-colonial condition and it faces a myriad of environmental threats.


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