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Glowing review of Indigenous protected areas leaves sector proud but perplexed

16th May 2016

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Professor Jon Altman has a disciplinary background in economics and anthropology. From 1983–90 he was a postdoctoral fellow, research fellow and senior research fellow in the Department of Political and Social Change in the HC Coombs Building.

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RegNet Emeritus Professor Jon Altman has responded to a glowing review of Indigenous protected areas and ranger programs (IPA). The report was commissioned by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and includes a cost-benefit analysis of the social return on investment in five IPA programs. The review found that IPAs represented the greatest value for government across a range of measures including low-cost land management and decrease in welfare payments as well as increased employment for the community.

Emeritus Professor Jon Altman lobbied for the establishment of IPAs and welcomed the report findings, but expressed his concern that there had as yet been no clear indication of future funding for the programs.

“The argument was very cogent in terms of making the point that environmental services are required in remote Australia, that there was an Indigenous workforce there looking for employment, and that they had the skills required,” he said.

“Uluru and Kakadu national parks don’t have a question mark about whether their rangers are going to have a future…[IPAs] need ongoing support and any uncertainty around the future funding is just very counterproductive. I sympathise with these people who are watching the clock count down to June 30 2018. They are getting no clear signal from either of the two major parties,” he said.

Read the entire article in The Guardian.

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