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The main goal of the Kuka Kanyini project relates to managing country, conserving biodiversity, maintaining culture, providing employment and training and improving the diet of remote communities. This was initiated in 2003 as a pilot around the remote community of Watarru in the far north west Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands.
The project is a local community/government partnership funded by the South Australian Department of Environment and Heritage and the APY land management. The Kuka Kanyini model, it is hoped, will be extended throughout the APY Lands in time. The project continues to employ a minimum of 12 people on a full time basis, increasing the level of self esteem and valuing the 40,000 years information base of the local people to assist western science. The project contains science-based proactive wildlife management and supports Indigenous law and culture, and the desire to care for the land. It also helps conserve biodiversity and generate new enterprises such as sales of bushtucker and tourism. Importantly, it has wider implications for helping to close the gap on Indigenous disadvantage by providing a focus for training and employment, and improving self esteem and health.
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Australian Wildlife Services
Canberra ACT 2600
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