Island country: Aboriginal connections, values and knowledge of the Western Australian Kimberley islands in the context of an island biological surveyWA Museum Records and Supplements | Updated 7 years agoABSTRACT – Our paper describes Aboriginal connections, values and knowledge of the Kimberley islands and their resources in the context of a terrestrial biological survey of 24 islands, initiated by the Western Australian Government and coordinated by the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC). The Kimberley islands represent part of the traditional lands of Aboriginal people in the region and hold great signifi cance and value for them. The Kimberley Land Council (KLC) facilitated the participation of 50 Aboriginal Traditional Owners in this survey, which spanned five Native Title areas, three of which have now been determined (Bardi and Jawi, Wanjina Wunggurr Dambimangari and Wanjina Wunggurr Uunguu) and two of which are still in mediation (Balanggarra and Mayala). The KLC and DEC negotiated a research agreement that provided for managed access to sensitive cultural sites, data sharing, the participation of Traditional Owners in fi eld work alongside scientists and input by Traditional Owners in the fi nal publications and recommendations resulting from this survey. Our paper also places the island survey and its fi ndings into the broader context of Indigenous Natural and Cultural Resource Management (INCRM) in the Kimberley region, including the development of Indigenous Protected Areas and Indigenous Rangers, and other projects such as fi re abatement and tourism management, along with traditional management practices which operate independently from formal management programs. Author(s) T. Vigilante, J. Toohey, A. Gorring, V. Blundell, T. Saunders, S. Mangolamara, K. George, J. Oobagooma, M. Waina, K. Morgan and K. Doohan Volume Supplement 81 : Biodiversity values on selected Kimberley islands, Australia Article Published 2013 Page Number 145 DOI 10.18195/issn.0313-122x.81.2013.145-182 Island country: Aboriginal connections, values and knowledge of the Western Australian Kimberley islands Download 794.49 KB To request an accessible version of this pdf please email firstname.lastname@example.org ORDER A COPY OF THE COMPLETE VOLUME Supplement 81: Biodiversity values on selected Kimberley islands, Australia.