A new direction for water management? Indigenous nation building as a strategy for river health

dc.contributor.author Hemming, Steven John
dc.contributor.author Rigney, Daryle Matthew
dc.contributor.author Muller, Samantha L
dc.contributor.author Rigney, Grant
dc.contributor.author Campbell, Isobelle
dc.date.accessioned 2017-07-27T23:48:41Z
dc.date.available 2017-07-27T23:48:41Z
dc.date.issued 2017-06
dc.description This article is under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. You may share and adapt the work for noncommercial purposes provided the original author and source are credited, you indicate whether any changes were made, and you include a link to the license. en
dc.description.abstract Indigenous involvement in Australian water management is conventionally driven by a top-down approach by nonIndigenous government agencies, that asks “how do we engage Indigenous people?” and has culminated in the ineffective “consult” and “service delivery” processes evident in mainstream water management planning. This is a hopeful paper that identifies the critical importance of a “nation-based” approach for effective Indigenous engagement in water planning and policy through the work undertaken by the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority (NRA) in the Murray Futures program. The NRA is an Indigenous government in the “settled-south” of Australia. Over past decades, the NRA has developed a range of political technologies that act as tools for redeveloping Ngarrindjeri Nationhood after colonial disempowerment and dispossession. These tools enable better collaboration with nonIndigenous governments, especially in natural resource management policy and practice. In turn, this has better enabled the NRA to exercise a decision-making and planning authority over the lands and waters in its jurisdiction, therefore, more effectively exercising its ongoing duty of care as Country. This paper presents a case study of the Sugar Shack Complex Management Plan, codeveloped by the NRA and the South Australian Government in 2015, to demonstrate the benefits that accrue when Indigenous nations are resourced as authorities responsible for reframing water management and planning approaches to facilitate the equitable collaboration of Indigenous and nonIndigenous worldviews. As a marker of the success of this strategy, the Ngarrindjeri Yarluwar-Ruwe Program, in partnership with the South Australian government, recently won the Australian Riverprize 2015 for delivering excellence in Australian river management. en
dc.identifier.citation Hemming, S., D. Rigney, S. L. Muller, G. Rigney, and I. Campbell. 2017. A new direction for water management? Indigenous nation building as a strategy for river health. Ecology and Society 22(2):13. en
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-08982-220213 en
dc.identifier.issn 1708-3087
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2328/37372
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Ecology and Society en
dc.relation http://purl.org/au-research/grants/ARC/DP1094869 en
dc.relation http://purl.org/au-research/grants/ARC/LP140100376 en
dc.relation.grantnumber ARC/DP1094869
dc.relation.grantnumber ARC/LP140100376
dc.rights Copyright © 2017 by the author(s). en
dc.rights.holder the author(s). en
dc.rights.license CC-BY-NC
dc.subject Decolonizing en
dc.subject Indigenous knowledge en
dc.subject Indigenous nation building en
dc.subject nation-based engagement en
dc.subject natural resource management en
dc.subject self-determination en
dc.subject water management en
dc.subject wetland planning en
dc.title A new direction for water management? Indigenous nation building as a strategy for river health en
dc.type Article en
local.contributor.authorOrcidLookup Hemming, Steven John: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3284-1264 en_US
local.contributor.authorOrcidLookup Rigney, Daryle Matthew: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9642-9906 en_US
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