31 Oct '14, 1am

Local communities rise to the forefront of global conservation practice (commentary)

Local communities rise to the forefront of global conservation practice (commentary)

The views expressed in this commentary are those of the author. Community leader in Aceh, Indonesia. Photo by Rhett Butler. A few weeks ago, a remote aboriginal community in western Australia made headlines when it completed the establishment of an Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) containing over 4.2 million hectares of desert and grassland. The Kiwirrkurra IPA, as the area is known, is billed as the largest protected expanse of arid land on Earth. IPAs, which are managed by negotiated agreements between the native landowners and government conservation authorities, now cover roughly 48 million hectares, equivalent to about 36 percent of the country's total protected area network. Australia, which in November will host the World Parks Congress , a decadal gathering of thousands of conservationists from around the world, is a leading example of the increasing leadership role...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1029-commentary-nelson-comm...

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