Throughout the world, mere are imperatives and opportunities to develop sustainable enterprises based on plants and animals to alleviate poverty. This is true for indigenous people across northern Australia, although to date there has been very limited commercial use of wildlife within indigenous Australian communities. In this study, we examine factors affecting the establishment of enterprises utilising animal species in remote indigenous communities and suggest ways of improving uptake. We found four major areas affecting the progress of these enterprises: a lack of comprehensive market information and dissemination of that knowledge; a lack of basic infrastructure and training; a need for more appropriate and flexible government policy and regulation; and adverse public perceptions. Commercialisation of native species is at a relatively early stage compared to tropical Asia, Africa and South America, and development of these enterprises has the potential to benefit indigenous livelihoods in remote and marginal areas in Australia.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|
Gorman, J., Whitehead, P., Griffiths, A., & Petheram, L. (2008). Production from marginal lands: Indigenous commercial use of wild animals in Northern Australia. International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology, 15(3), 240-250.