Journal article

Accounting for Yol eta u ranger work in the Dhimurru Indigenous Protected Area, Australia

Margaret L Ayre, Djalinda Yunupingu, Jonathan Wearne, Cheryl O'Dwyer, Tanya Vernes, Mandaka Marika



Over the past decade, there has been increased international interest in understanding and recognizing the contribution of Indigenous natural and cultural resource management, including Indigenous ranger work, to the sustainable management of social-ecological systems. In Australia, Indigenous rangers are responsible for managing land and seas that represent approximately 44% of the national protected area estate. Governments and other coinvestors seek to evaluate this ranger work and its contribution to biodiversity conservation and other public goods. However, current monitoring and evaluation approaches are based in conceptions of value and benefits and do not capture the full range of co..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We acknowledge our dear friends, family, and colleagues, Mr. D. Yunupi.u, Mr. N. Mununggurritj, Mr. W. Wunungmurra, and Dr. R. Marika-Mununggurritj who continue to inspire and guide the work of Yol.u Rangers and the Dhimurru knowledge community. We are very grateful for the ongoing support and contributions of the Dhimurru knowledge community, our past and current colleagues and collaborators, senior Yol.u landowners, and Yol.u Rangers who generously shared their insights and knowledge with us. We also thank Dhimurru Board members and the Dhimurru Executive, Facilitation, and Management Staff for their expert input and commitment including providing resources and space for the conduct of this research. We also gratefully acknowledge: Professor Helen Verran and Mr. Greg Wearne for early discussions and support for this research; Professor Nancy Williams for her guidance; and, the Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University (Professor Ruth Wallace), and the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, University of Melbourne (Professor Ruth Nettle), for supporting periods of scholarship. We also thank Liz Tait for graphic design support for the map in Figure 1.