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Indigenous Protected Areas. Bruce Rose Parks Australia. The IPA Program. Department of SEWPaC , Parks Australia Commenced mid 1990s following consultation with key Indigenous land management stakeholders 3 types of projects funded. Currently 90 projects on the books.

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Indigenous Protected Areas

Bruce Rose

Parks Australia


The IPA Program

Department of SEWPaC, Parks Australia

Commenced mid 1990s following consultation with key Indigenous land management stakeholders

3 types of projects funded.

Currently 90 projects on the books.

  • Consultation projects (42)

  • Declared IPAs (40)

  • Co-management projects (8)


What is an IPA?

  • Area of Indigenous land and/or sea

  • Voluntarily declared by Indigenous traditional owners

  • Managed by Traditional Owners through Management Plan based on Indigenous Ecological Knowledge

  • Consistent with IUCN guidelines

  • Part of National Reserve System

  • Legal or other effective means

  • IPA doesn’t change underlying tenure


What is a co-management project?

Support for Indigenous interests to develop cooperative management arrangements with Government agencies managing existing protected areas.

  • Funding is provided to Indigenous parties to negotiate cooperative management and governance arrangements.

  • Funds used for meetings, legal and other advice, to identify/interpret Indigenous values, revise Plans of Management , visit other co-managed areas, to consult and negotiate new arrangements.

  • Funds usually for a limited term 1-3 years - not on-ground works

  • Process requires protected area agency support.

  • Currently 8 Co-management projects underway


Co-management continuum

IPA Co-management

  • Ownership – Indigenous / non Indigenous

  • Control over decision making – Indigenous / non Indigenous

  • Management – sole management or shared

  • Legal or other effective means

  • IPA declaration over existing protected area


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