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One Mile Dam: Inside the Aboriginal community fighting to survive

24 February 2020

The community of One Mile Dam in Darwin has been home to Aboriginal people for thousands of years, but residents fear they could soon be pushed out to make way for inner-city developments. A sacred site with deep cultural connections, it’s one of about 40 town camps across the Northern Territory…

What are we learning from the Australian fires?

6 February 2020

Lessons on Indigenous knowledge, relocation and government aid “If anyone tells you, ‘This is part of a normal cycle,’ or, ‘We’ve had fires like this before,’ smile politely and walk away, because they don’t know what they’re talking about,” said Greg Mullins, who has fought Australian fires for 47…

To address the ecological crisis, Aboriginal peoples must be restored as custodians of Country

30 January 2020

In the wake of devastating bushfires across the country, and with the prospect of losing a billion animals and some entire species, transformational change is required in the way we interact with this land. Australia’s First Peoples have honed and employed holistic land management practices for…

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Goats getting ready for milking in the Khovd Province of Mongolia. Photo credit: © Eddie Game / The Nature Conservancy

How Could Land Tenure Security Affect Conservation?

  By Yuta Masuda and Brian E. Robinson I’m sitting in a Mongolian yurt, listening to and trying to emulate Bataa’s* songs about love for the grasslands and the wide, treeless plains of the Mongolian Plateau. Our host sings with consuming passion. I might have brushed his enthusiasm off as a show…

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Driving Change, Securing Tenure Innovations in Land & Property Rights

      A new series of case studies authored by researchers at Princeton University’s Innovations for Successful Societies program profiles recent initiatives to strengthen tenure security and reform land registration systems in seven countries: South Africa, Canada, Jamaica, Australia, Mozambique…