New article by CSVPA’s own Bas Verschuuren, Earth Collective’s Mathew Zylstra, Dhimurru’s Balupalu Yunupingu and Gerard Verschoor from Wageningen University: Mixing Waters: A Cross Cultural Approach to developing Guidelines for Fishers and Boaters in the Dhimurru Indigenous Protected Area, Australia.
The abstract states: “This article demonstrates the importance of indigenous ontologies in cross-cultural or ‘both ways’ coastal conservation management of the Dhimurru Indigenous Protected Area in north east Arnhem Land, Australia. In this action research, selected Yolŋu individuals identified concerns regarding recreational fishing and boating practices of non- Yolŋu. Yolŋu engaged in a discussion of the issues and the subsequent formulation of indigenous management responses. This led to the development of locally relevant guidelines for fishers and boaters with potentially broader applications in other Indigenous Protected Areas and beyond. We explore the ‘both ways’ approach adopted by the Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation that guides collaboration between Yolŋu and non- Yolŋu. We illustrate how the approach facilitates indigenous ontologies to co-create conservation approaches together with contemporary conservation efforts informed by Western science. We further explore the disjunctures and synergies between the two and argue that these mix and can be compatible as part of the ‘both ways’ approach. In learning from this action research, we reflect on the process of cross-cultural learning and the role of researchers in the cross-cultural co-production of knowledge and the formulation of guidelines for fishers and boaters.”
The full article is available on WCPA’s own peer reviewed journal: PARKS: The International Journal on Protected Areas and Conservation as wel as from Academia.edu and ResearchGate.
In case you have inetresting conservaiton experiences or research materials you seek to publish please consider PARKS. PARKS aims to be a rigorous, challenging publication with high academic credibility and standing. But at the same time the journal is and should remain primarily a resource for people actively involved in establishing and managing protected areas, under any management category or governance type. We aim for the majority of papers accepted to include practical management information. We also work hard to include authors who are involved in management but do not usually find the time to report the results of their research and experience to a wider audience. We welcome submissions from people whose written English is imperfect as long as they have interesting research to report, backed up by firm evidence, and are happy to work with authors to develop papers for the journal.
PARKS is published with the aim of strengthening international collaboration in protected area development and management by:
- promoting understanding of the values and benefits derived from protected areas to governments, communities, visitors, business etc;
- ensuring that protected areas fulfil their primary role in nature conservation while addressing critical issues such as ecologically sustainable development, social justice and climate change adaptation and mitigation;
- serving as a leading global forum for the exchange of information on issues relating to protected areas, especially learning from case studies of applied ideas;
- publishing articles reporting on recent applied research that is relevant to protected area management;
- changing and improving protected area management, policy environment and socio-economic benefits through use of information provided in the journal; and
- promoting IUCN’s work on protected areas.
We aim for each issue to include an editorial, around ten original peer reviewed papers, plus some non-peer reviewed articles including letters (a right of reply to previous papers) and book reviews.