Spatial Planning and Marine Protected Areas on Indigenous ‘Sea Country’

Spatial Planning and Marine Protected Areas on Indigenous ‘Sea Country’

The intact coastal-marine biodiversity of northern Australia are also of major cultural, social and economic significance for Indigenous people, who inhabit much of the remote regions of Northern Australia. This fundamental cultural association with 'sea country' underpins Indigenous aspirations for greater involvement in coastal and marine management and pursuit of legal rights in the sea.In recent years, the Northern Territory has been as the forefront of Indigenous 'sea country management with the development of Indigenous sea ranger programs, 'sea country' planning and also, the development of Indigenous Marine Protected Areas. This includes the innovative use of spatial planning tools (MarXan, MarZone) and community-based, participatory planning approaches.In collaboration with NAMRA partners, this project will work with coastal Indigenous communities in northern Australia to further explore and develop spatial planning tools.

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