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Title: Inclusive Practices and Innovative Governance Structures From Cultural Perspectives of Indigenous Peoples: Highlighting a North American and Australian Experience
Contributor(s): Aseron, Johnnie (author); Greymorning, Neyooxet (author); Williams, Jacqueline  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2013
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Abstract: Many Australian government and other institutional programs espouse supportive frameworks inclusive of policy ideals that purport to empower First Nation Peoples and rural communities through a collaborative governance approach. However, the actual outcomes are too often the antithesis of the professed policy objectives. Tribal and agricultural land in Australia accounts for at least 76% of the landmass, with fragile agro-ecological systems dominating the landscape. In this urban-dominated country (89% urbanized population), such policies ultimately demand that First Nation Peoples and rural people deliver environmental, social and cultural outcomes on behalf of all Australians. Sadly, the resources provided are habitually insufficient in measure to achieve a genuine empowerment and a sharing of responsibilities. Policy failures, therefore, result from institutional issues associated with the perpetuation of a dominant colonization paradigm. Such institutional environments are antithetical to those innovative collaborative systems pivotal when addressing the many environmental, social and cultural issues that challenge our very survival. This paper will explore current collaborative governance regimes through case studies of rural communities and First Nation Peoples of Australia and North America. Demonstrating the inherent patterns present in current dysfunctional policy environment, we will identify key attributes required, as well as future research, for a true collaborative governance approach. Our research aligns with the Colloquium themes of "environmental justice, sustainable management and sustainable ethics" and "indigenous wisdoms" and will inform the larger discussion on the key emerging themes of international, comparative and domestic environmental law and our journey in responding to them.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Details: IUCN 2013: 11th Annual Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law - He Tapuwae (footprints left on the land): The Search for Environmental Justice, Hamilton, New Zealand, 24th - 28th June, 2013
Source of Publication: 2013 IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Annual Colloquium Abstracts, Papers, Presentations
Publisher: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Academy of Environmental Law
Place of Publication: Baltimore, United States of America
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 180111 Environmental and Natural Resources Law
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 480202 Climate change law
480203 Environmental law
480204 Mining, energy and natural resources law
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 960799 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 190299 Environmental policy, legislation and standards not elsewhere classified
HERDC Category Description: E3 Extract of Scholarly Conference Publication
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