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Facilitators' Guide to Indigenous Water Planning

TitleFacilitators' Guide to Indigenous Water Planning
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsMackenzie, J
Keywordsguidelines, Indigenous, water planning

The Facilitators’ Guide to Indigenous Water Planning outlines a structured, community-based program to improve the inclusion and participation of Traditional Owners and Indigenous communities in water management. The Guide forms part of a suite of initiatives directed towards the statutory recognition of traditional and custodial management systems of the Traditional Owners of Australia’s water resources.

The model of facilitation promoted in this Handbook progresses in steps from initial engagement through to the production of a Catchment Action Plan (CAPs) that is developed and owned by Traditional Owners for cultural management and commercial developments on ‘Freshwater Country’.”

The Guide is based on five years of research, engagement and capacity-building initiatives and aims to progress Traditional Owner and Indigenous community interests in water reform. The work has been carried out by the Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge (TRaCK) research consortium and North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance (NAILSMA).

The primary audience for the Guide is catchmentbased community water facilitators, however, elements of the Guide may be useful for Traditional Owners and the wider Indigenous community, prescribed bodies corporate, land councils, natural resource management groups, water planners and agency staff.