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Social Return on Investment analysis of the Warddeken Indigenous Protected Area and associated Indigenous ranger programme

Indigenous AffairsEnvironmentIndigenous Protected AreasEvaluations and Evidence
Friday, 06 May 2016
Publication author(s):
Social Ventures Australia
Publication abstract:

The Warddeken IPA and associated Indigenous ranger programme has had a transformative effect on Nawarddeken, to whom the land belongs, enabling them to stay living on country and manage their land while connecting with culture and ancestors.

Significant value is derived from the IPA’s fire management work conducted by Rangers on country using traditional and contemporary practices, which has generated substantial revenue for Nawarddeken as a result of carbon offset sales facilitated through innovative partnerships including the West Arnhem Land Fire Abatement (WALFA) project.

The IPA has developed deep, longstanding relationships with NGO and Research partners including Bush Heritage Australia, The Nature Conservancy and The Pew Charitable Trusts which has enabled them to successfully pursue shared conservation management outcomes.

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