Mldrin19.02.2009

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    1. 1. MLDRIN and the MDBA A Partnership Approach <ul><li>MLDRIN </li></ul><ul><li>TLM IPP </li></ul><ul><li>UOM </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural Flows </li></ul>
    2. 3. M O U between the MLDRIN & MDBA <ul><ul><li>… a framework for the participation of Indigenous nations in the management of the natural resources … </li></ul></ul>
    3. 4. The Living Murray <ul><li>Indigenous Partnerships Project </li></ul>
    4. 5. (Altman, J.C., Buchanan, G.J. and Larsen, L., 2007) < 0.2% of the Basin in Indigenous Estate
    5. 6. Indigenous Engagement in NRM Extent of Involvement Ownership of land/water Ownership of land/water with covenants (eg. Native Title) High level control over land/water through planning Joint Ownership Native Title access Joint Management Input into management/planning Advisory Committee involvement Indigenous consultation Site management The Reality The Theory (incl. policies, international obligations etc)
    6. 7. Indigenous involvement until now… <ul><li>Site management </li></ul><ul><li>The ‘motherhood’ </li></ul><ul><li>dimension </li></ul>
    7. 8. IPP Principles <ul><li>Traditional Owners </li></ul><ul><li>Informed consent </li></ul><ul><li>Improving capacity to engage </li></ul><ul><li>Delivering social, economic, environmental and cultural outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Partnerships based on respect, honesty, and capacity to participate equally , with shared responsibility and clearly defined accountability and authority </li></ul>
    8. 9. Values Sites Spiritual connections Inter-generational knowledge Education Country Access Stories Employment Icon Site Management Plan Food
    9. 10. Indigenous Facilitators <ul><li>One per Icon Site, regionally based </li></ul><ul><li>Guide & facilitate involvement of Indigenous community </li></ul><ul><li>Gladys Sumner – Chowilla </li></ul><ul><li>Ken Stewart – Hattah </li></ul><ul><li>Lee Joachim – Barmah-Millewa </li></ul><ul><li>Damian Morgan-Bulled – Gunbower, Koondrook, Perricoota </li></ul><ul><li>Grant Rigney – Murray Mouth, Coorong and Lower Lakes </li></ul>
    10. 11. Indigenous Working Groups <ul><li>One per Icon Site </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure consultation is undertaken in an appropriate way & in-line with principles </li></ul><ul><li>2 representatives from each statutory Indigenous organisation and Traditional Owners groups </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility with respect to existing forums </li></ul><ul><li>Meets 3 – 4 times per year </li></ul>
    11. 12. Use & Occupancy Mapping <ul><li>Methodology developed in Canada 25 years ago </li></ul><ul><li>Individual experiences brought together using a rigorous social science methodology </li></ul><ul><li>Information recorded spatially </li></ul><ul><li>Data is digitised and collated </li></ul>
    12. 13. Use & Occupancy Mapping Individual Map Biographies n = all participants Thematic n = approx 7 themes Composite Hunting sites Plant harvest sites Occupation sites All data from all participants Typically 10 - 30,000 data points 40 – 60 features relevant to purpose of mapping project
    13. 14. Example UOM Questions <ul><li>21) Did you ever collect native BEE HONEYCOMB for eating purposes? [HC] </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If “yes,” show some spots. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>30) Did you ever collect MEDICINE PLANTS for use by you or your family? [MP] </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If “yes,” show some spots. What kind of plant did you collect at each spot? </li></ul></ul>
    14. 15. U&O Mapping Pre-test methodology
    15. 16. Australian Map Icons Repatriation site Death Site Specialty Wood
    16. 17. Yorta Yorta U&O Mapping Pilot
    17. 18. Map Biographies underway…
    18. 19. Outputs from the Yorta Yorta Pilot <ul><li>66 respondents </li></ul><ul><li>av. length of interview: </li></ul><ul><li>80 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>6500 features mapped </li></ul><ul><li>Up to 456 features per </li></ul><ul><li>individual </li></ul><ul><li>av. # features: 91 </li></ul><ul><li>median # features: 64 </li></ul><ul><li>104 map sheets used </li></ul>
    19. 20. Outcomes <ul><li>NRM </li></ul><ul><li>Individuals </li></ul><ul><li>Indigenous Nation </li></ul><ul><li>Awareness </li></ul>
    20. 21. Cultural Flows <ul><li>“ Cultural Flows” are water entitlements that are legally and beneficially owned by the Indigenous Nations of a sufficient and adequate quantity and quality to improve the spiritual, cultural, environmental, social and economic conditions of those Indigenous Nations”. </li></ul>
    21. 25. <ul><li>Cultural Water can be used for the following purposes: </li></ul><ul><li>Empowerment and social justice - water is delivered to Country by the peoples; </li></ul><ul><li>Growing native plants; </li></ul><ul><li>Protecting and hunting animals; </li></ul><ul><li>Song, dance, art and ceremony; </li></ul><ul><li>Spiritual sites; and </li></ul><ul><li>Improved cultural-economic and health outcomes through the provision of food, medicines and materials for art. </li></ul>
    22. 26. Water Options
    23. 28. Moose II & Training
    24. 29. Timeline Environmental Flows Cultural Flows Pre-1970 Not considered Not considered 1970’s <ul><li>On ‘radar’ </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing awareness of water quality and salinity problems </li></ul><ul><li>Murray-Darling Basin MC & Commission established; CAC created </li></ul>1980’s 1990 <ul><li>Learning </li></ul><ul><li>MDBC NRM Strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Barmah-Millewa Forest Management Plan / Agreement – creation of the B-M environmental reserve </li></ul><ul><li>Report on Water Use in the Murray-Darling Basin </li></ul>1991 1992 1993 1994 <ul><li>On ‘radar’ </li></ul><ul><li>Lake Victoria cultural heritage protection – investigation & works </li></ul><ul><li>Barkindji Elders Committee & Lake Victoria Advisory Committee </li></ul><ul><li>MLDRIN MOU drafted </li></ul>1995 1996 1997 <ul><li>Strategy Development </li></ul><ul><li>Cap on Diversions </li></ul><ul><li>Salinity Audit </li></ul><ul><li>ICM Policy Statement </li></ul>1998 1999 2000 <ul><li>Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Scoping Study on NRM involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Indigenous employees </li></ul>2001 <ul><li>Action (projects) </li></ul><ul><li>E-Flows Expert Reference Panel report </li></ul><ul><li>Murray Mouth dredging </li></ul><ul><li>MDBMC First Step Decision on TLM </li></ul><ul><li>River Red Gum health survey & trial flooding </li></ul>2002 <ul><li>Strategy Development </li></ul><ul><li>MLDRIN MOU signed by NSW </li></ul><ul><li>Indigenous Action Plan developed </li></ul><ul><li>TLM Indigenous Partnerships Project developed </li></ul><ul><li>MLDRIN MOU signed by MDBC </li></ul>2003 2004 <ul><li>On-ground outcomes (results) </li></ul><ul><li>Riparian response & bird breeding events </li></ul><ul><li>Flooding through weir raising </li></ul>2005 2006 Monitoring & improvement 2007 Action (projects) - Cultural mapping
    25. 30. The Murray-Darling Basin 14% of Australia 1 million sq. km Australia’s “food bowl” Largely semi arid River Murray 6 governments Over 2 million people +

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