Australia’s Indigenous Protected Areas Programme and Working on Country Indigenous Rangers Programme
Indigenous Rangers are at the forefront of turning around environmental degradation across Australia. 75 Indigenous Protected Areas, covering over 67 million hectares, now make up more than 44 per cent of the National Reserve System and have created the largest contiguous area of protected arid land in the world. This is thanks to Australia’s Indigenous Protected Areas (IPAs) Programme and the Working on Country Indigenous Ranger Programme, which together enable indigenous people to protect and manage the land and resources in the IPAs. The environmental, social and economic benefits of IPAs and Indigenous Rangers are impressive. For their noteworthy achievements, these two Australian programmes were, together, recognized with the Future Policy Bronze Award 2017, awarded by the World Future Council in partnership with the UNCCD.