Preserving Cultural Heritage: Three New Indigenous Protected Areas Declared in WA

In a landmark move for Western Australia’s north, the federal government has allocated $14.6 million to establish 12 new Indigenous Protected Areas (IPAs), including three in WA. These areas, situated in Yindjibarndi Country near Roebourne, Nyamal Country near Marble Bar in the Pilbara, and Wudjari Country near Esperance on the South Coast, mark a significant step towards protecting and managing cultural heritage.

CEO of Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation, Michael Woodley, emphasized the importance of this initiative in revitalizing the land and safeguarding cultural heritage. He highlighted the role of Indigenous rangers in managing these IPAs, ensuring the preservation of flora, fauna, and traditional practices.

Indigenous Protected Areas cover vast landscapes managed directly by traditional owners, playing a crucial role in biodiversity conservation across Australia. With over 90 million hectares already under protection, the addition of these new areas will expand this network by eight million hectares, enhancing efforts to sustain and protect Indigenous cultural landscapes.

The government’s support signifies a new era of collaboration and empowerment for Indigenous communities, enabling them to strengthen their connection to country and preserve essential elements of their cultural identity.

Source: https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.abc.net.au/article/104079978

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