Production from marginal lands: Indigenous commercial use of wild animals in Northern Australia

Julian Gorman, Peter Whitehead, Anthony Griffiths, Lisa Petheram

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    Abstract

    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)240-250
    Number of pages11
    JournalInternational Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology
    Volume15
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

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