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Three management challenges for protection of Aboriginal cultural heritage in a Tasmanian multiple-use conservation area

Jones, ER 2007 , 'Three management challenges for protection of Aboriginal cultural heritage in a Tasmanian multiple-use conservation area' , Australian Geographer, vol. 38, no. 1 , pp. 93-112 , doi:

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Protected areas that are created to safeguard environmental values such as
Indigenous culturescapes may in fact significantly fail in this task. This study concerns
such an instance in far north-west Tasmania, where the government adopted a multipleuse
resource conservation-development management model for the ArthurPieman
Conservation Area (APCA). The model offers protection of cultural heritage values
whilst permitting numerous community recreational and commercial uses. One particular
objective is to protect ‘an extraordinary richness of Aboriginal cultural heritage’ in one of
Earth’s great archaeological regions (DPIWE, ArthurPieman Conservation Area
Management Plan, 2002, p. iii). Yet under the auspices of multiple use, Aborigines and
others report unremitting damage and loss of ancestral values. To examine how this is so in
an actively managed protected area, perceptions of 16 environmental professionals and
local residents engaged in APCA planning and management are used to identify three
major challenges for appropriate custodianship of the Aboriginal cultural landscape:
AboriginalEurocentric conflicts; limited community governance capacities; and deficient
regulatory provisions. It is concluded that APCA multiple-use management of heritage
conservation is ineffectual and that an alternative governance model is required urgently.
The management challenges examined here offer insights for problematic Indigenous
cultural heritage conservation in other jurisdictions of Australia and elsewhere.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Jones, ER
Keywords: Aboriginal cultural heritage; Tasmania, protected area; multiple use; environmental management; community governance
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Geographer
Publisher: Routledge Journals, Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0004-9182
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