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Cross-cultural approach to coastal and marine protected area design in south-eastern Sydney

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posted on 03.06.2022, 03:16 by Kataya Barrett

  

Globally, Indigenous knowledge systems, people, and Country are increasingly being recognised in marine spatial planning. Indigenous coastal communities, on the east coast of Australia, are actively protecting the cultural and ecological values of their ancestral estates and related management practices. Yet, in Australia, co-designed marine spatial planning with Indigenous Peoples, is still in its infancy. In collaboration with the Gamay Rangers, Sydney, we combined Indigenous Science and Western Science to develop a new cross-cultural approach to Marine Protected Area design in an urban setting. A combination of ecological, heritage, and government, along with semi-structured interviews to elicit Indigenous Science, was used to produce a portfolio of Marine Protected Area Marxan scenarios. The scenarios showed that in the absence of Indigenous Science, existing areas protected as National Parks and reserves were selected. When Indigenous Science was included, areas of high cultural value, such as fishing places, burial sites, and dreaming and ceremonial sites were prioritised. Therefore, this comparative marine spatial planning study showed that including Indigenous Science can alter optimal planning scenarios that shift conservation priorities from classical Western values towards Indigenous values which is becoming an increasing focus in conservation planning globally.

History

Table of Contents

1. Introduction -- 2. Methods -- 3. Results -- 4. Discussion -- 5. Conclusions -- 6. References -- Appendix

Notes

A thesis submitted to Macquarie University for the degree of Master of Research

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

MRes

Degree

Thesis (MRes), Macquarie University, Faculty of Science and Engineering, 2020

Department, Centre or School

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Year of Award

2020

Principal Supervisor

Emilie Ens

Additional Supervisor 1

Maina Mbui

Additional Supervisor 2

Vera Horigue

Rights

Copyright disclaimer: https://www.mq.edu.au/copyright-disclaimer Copyright Kataya Barrett 2020.

Language

English

Extent

v, 67 pages