Consultation and the Environment: Some Indigenous Perspectives

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    This paper looks at the processes of consultation in relation to the care and protection of environments from Indigenous perspectives. It should be noted that the environments include not only plants and animals, but sites of significance that play such an important part in the lives of Indigenous peoples.Research has shown that in the majority of cases, management of, and decisions for the environment, were, and still are, undertaken without the inclusion of Indigenous peoples. However, the paper looks not at the environmental concerns of Indigenous peoples as such, but looks more at the area of consultation as the initial process of environmental remedy. The paper outlines how one goes about involving Indigenous peoples in environmental care, to the extent that they proffer vital, traditional environmental knowledge; who should be included in the processes of consultation; where they can be located; and why they should be included in environmental decision making.If the environmental ills currently plaguing our country are to be addressed, consultation with traditional Indigenous custodians must take place. If consultation is to be effective then the concerns of all must be placed on the table. Communication, negotiation, and compromise must be the agenda by which all stakeholders participate, by which the environments are planned for, and managed by.This paper highlights the fact that all peoples are responsible for country, that all should be invited to participate in that caring. In light of this, this paper has as its target audience, those who would make decisions for the environment, those who see ecological sustainable development as an environmental issue, and those who see that the future of all peoples lies in the care and protection of a country that has given so much, but in the last 200 plus years, has received almost nothing in return.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEnvironmental Change
    Subtitle of host publicationMake it happen. Environmental Edge: 8th Annual Environmental Research Conference 2004
    EditorsL. Nghiem, L. Scott, M. Dennis
    Place of PublicationWollongong, Australia
    PublisherUniversity of Wollongong Press
    Pages1-12
    Number of pages12
    ISBN (Electronic)174128080X
    Publication statusPublished - 2004
    EventEnvironmental Engineering Research Event - Wollongong, Australia, Australia
    Duration: 06 Dec 200409 Dec 2004

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    ConferenceEnvironmental Engineering Research Event
    Country/TerritoryAustralia
    Period06/12/0409/12/04

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