Natural Resources and Indigenous Livelihoods

Natural Resources and Indigenous Livelihoods

Mon, 18/11/2013 - 09:00 to Fri, 22/11/2013 - 17:00

About the Presenter

Julian Gorman

Julian Gorman has been employed at CDU since 1999. His qualifications include a Botany Degree from University of Western Australia (1990), a Graduate Diploma in Resource and Environmental Management from Australian National University (1996) and Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems from Charles Darwin University (2004). 

Julian is involved in both teaching and research. He co-ordinates the third year unit SID 300 Professional Placement in Science and the Masters unit ENV 402 Natural Resources and Indigenous Livelihoods. He is involved in an ACIAR funded project which is reviewing the potential for floriculture in the NT as well as collaborating with a range of partners to fill some of the research gaps to progress an industry based on wild harvest and horticulture of Terminalia ferdinandiana (billy goat plum or Gubinge).

Between 2007 and July 2013 Julian was seconded to the Northern Land Council for 3 days a week as a Wildlife Enterprise Development Facilitator. He worked with a number of Indigenous Ranger groups to help them set up small enterprises based on consumptive and non consumptive use of wildlife - this includes domestication of native bees, harvest and value adding of bush tucker, crocodile egg harvesting, and others. Julian was also working specifically with Indigenous Land Corporation funded Ranger groups towards becoming economically self sustainable. A different model to land management involving contracts for Fee for Service work was being investigated and applied.  Land management could become more of a business in its own right into the future and provide Indigenous people with greater livelihood opportunities and an ability to remain living on their country.


Charles Darwin University
Ellengowan Drive
Casuarina NT 0810


This short course will deal with natural resource-based enterprise development linked to local livelihoods. It will be coordinated by Julian Gorman who has worked in this field for 14 years and will feature several local leading researchers and practitioners that will explore the links between natural resources, local livelihoods and conservation.

Theory will be integrated with Australian and international examples with an emphasis on issues pertinent to desert and tropical Australia (including marine). This course will link theory and practical components, through a combination of lectures, discussions and observation through the field work about natural resource based enterprises.

The lecture series will cover five themes:

  1. Poverty alleviation and the social context of bush and marine product enterprises
  2. Sustainable harvest issues
  3. Economic issues across value-chains
  4. Certification (labelling and cultural branding)
  5. Communication tools and approaches (participatory planning, communicating results to different audiences; corporate engagement etc)



This 5 day course will consist of 3.5 days of theory and workshop sessions and 1.5 days of field trip.

The field trip will take place in the Darwin Daly and outer Darwin region. It will involve an introduction to two natural resource based enterprises which will be later be critiqued to determine the critical issues effecting their establishment, operation and sustainability.



This course is targeted for practitioners working with territory, state and local government, NGOs & community groups in natural resource management. This course is an accredited core unit of the Masters of Environmental Management (MEM) and attendance can be used toward future enrolments in CDU courses.



Course will start at 9am on Monday 18 November and finish by 5pm on Friday 22 November, 2013.



CDU MTEM/MEM students $100 (+HECS) field trip costs (transport and weaving tour costs) External participants $750 tuition and field trip costs



Maximum 25 participants on a first come, first serve basis. Please e-mail Julian for a registration form. For MEM students please send Julian a completed Change of Enrolment form.



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