Co-mapping on Country ; Train the trainer for sustainable development

Industry
Strategic policy development
Traditional Owner Led business
Reference number
AT.4.1819006
CRCNA funding
$223,868
Total project value
$490,465
Project length
15 months
Finish date
Project Manager
Sally Leigo

Participants

  • Centrefarm Aboriginal Horticulture Ltd
  • North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance Ltd (NAILSMA)
  • Northern Land Council
  • Charles Darwin University

Summary

This project aims to overcome obstacles to agricultural development on Aboriginal land (e.g. engagement, communication and understanding) by developing a process, framework and toolkit. This will enhance stakeholder capacity to remain engaged, plan, implement and make decisions regarding their assets and future commercial development.

The co-mapping process and maps will provide critical information required for successful commercial development on Aboriginal land by enabling discussion, planning, intercultural understanding, decision-making and implementation of development activity which fits with aspirations and expectations of all stakeholders. The maps record:

  • exclusion zones
  • flora and fauna
  • women's and men’s cultural sites
  • basic topography and hydrology, cadastre
  • infrastructure
  • ecological features and water sources

They can be used to identify areas best suited for development, using the local Indigenous languages and English.

Key components of the research include the implementation and trialling of:

1) methodologies and a manual for the co-mapping process.

2) a facilitator training program to ensure the co-mapping process can be applied across the NT with a curriculum, guide and training aids.

The resulting maps will form the foundation of a detailed planning process and portfolio for Aboriginal-led commercial development. The co-mapping methodologies and training toolkits will be trialled by the Aboriginal Land and Sea Economic Development Agency (ALSEDA) in its five-year pilot phase of the NT-wide Economic Development Strategy (EDS), which includes six at-scale commercial projects.

Two-way mapping will form the basis of the integrated reporting component of the knowledge management system and may become part of a ‘two-way’ governance curriculum in the future.

Expected outcomes

  • Develop a new model and approach to Indigenous-led economic development on Aboriginal land which will form the foundation of a new approach to Indigenous-led economic development and bridges the gap between two knowledge groups for the benefit of Northern Australia.
     
  • The resulting maps will form the foundation of a detailed planning process and portfolio for Aboriginal-led commercial development, while the co-mapping methodologies and training toolkits will be trialled by the Aboriginal Land and Sea Economic Development Agency (ALSEDA) in its five-year pilot phase of the NT-wide Economic Development Strategy (EDS), which includes six at-scale commercial projects. Project modelling predicts these six ALSEDA pilot projects will provide direct economic value of approximately $30.9m in year 5 and $34.7m in year 10.