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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

Indigenous Protected Areas

Bruce Rose

Parks Australia


The ipa program
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
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
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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