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Wunambal Gaambera healthy country plan
The Wunambal Gaambera healthy country plan is a conservation project based in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia (WA).
The conservation project is based on a healthy country plan, developed by the traditional owners of the region, the Wunambal Gaambera people. The planning process involved wildlife surveys, land management work, as well as 'on country' workshops attended by family groups to discuss management targets, threats and strategies.
The framework was developed to assist the Wunambal Gaambera people to:
- articulate in modern contexts the principal values of healthy country and how to maintain those values
- manage and look after lalai (creation) places in the ways of Wanjina Wunggur cultural responsibilities and values
- enjoy, live on, gain sustenance and manage Wunambal Gaambera country, land and sea as one country
- raise their capacity to meet their cultural responsibilities and manage country on their own terms.
The plan was developed using the Nature Conservancy's Conservation Action Planning (CAP) tool, a ten step process to guide conservation teams to develop focused strategies and measures of success. The tool was adapted so that:
- Wunambal Gaambera governance structures and protocols were supported and promoted
- Wunambal Gaambera world-views and cultural perspectives are paramount
- Wunambal Gaambera social, cultural and economic aspirations are incorporated with conservation outcomes
- Wunambal Gaambera Indigenous knowledge and Western science are respected and integrated.
Bush Heritage Australia (BHA), a not-for-profit conservation organisation was a key partner in developing the plan, and assisting with its implementation.
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Department of Environment
Western Australian Branch
Ph: (02) 6274 1724
Bush Heritage Australia
Level 5 395 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Ph: 1300 628 873
Moorcroft H, Ignjic E, Cowell S, Goonack J, Mangolomara S, Oobagooma J, Karadada R, Williams D, Waina N (2012)
Conservation planning in a cross-cultural context: the Wunambal Gaambera Healthy Country Project in the Kimberley, Western Australia.
Ecological Management & Restoration; 13(1): 16-25
Uunguu Indigenous Protected Area (2011)
Department of the Environment
Moorcroft H (2009)
Wunambal Gaambera Healthy Country Plan second planning workshop.
Garmbemirri, WA: Wunambal Gaambera Aboriginal Corporation and Bush Heritage Australia
Moorcroft H (2009)
Wunambal Gaambera Healthy Country Plan third planning workshop.
Kalumburu, WA: Wunambal Gaambera Aboriginal Corporation and Bush Heritage Australia
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