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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:

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:

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
Lori Richardson
Ph: (02) 6274 1724

Bush Heritage Australia
Level 5 395 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Ph: 1300 628 873

Related publications

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


Last updated: 2 July 2015
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