First Nations' values
First Nations' values – Traditional values of wetlands
Values of wetlands for Traditional Owners
Wetland ecosystems are of material and cultural importance to Indigenous people; many have profound cultural significance and values.
Historically, significant resources for traditional ownership clustered around areas of greatest biodiversity, such as along ecotones (transition areas between two or more ecological communities) which include wetlands.
What’s important for Traditional Owners
Valuing Traditional Owner contribution
Sharing knowledge with Traditional Owners can provide evidence on which to base management.
Shared management can be a partnership between governments and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Aboriginal involvement in wetlands management
Aboriginal knowledge of wetlands management provides an important basis for natural resource management which has evolved over several hundred generations of people living on and managing custodial responsibility for country. See A roadmap for engagement with First Nations People, a guide to engaging with First Nations peoples' to integrate Traditional Knowledge, stories and connection to country with managing rivers.
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Last updated: 30 August 2016
This page should be cited as:
Department of Environment and Science, Queensland (2016) First Nations' values – Traditional values of wetlands, WetlandInfo website, accessed 13 April 2023. Available at: https://wetlandinfo.des.qld.gov.au/wetlands/management/wetland-values/first-nations/traditional-owners.html