[ASC-media] The Nature Conservancy To Assist With Managing Australia=?ISO-8859-1?B?uQ==?=s Largest Nationally Protected Area

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Tue Jul 10 08:16:49 CEST 2012

Dear all

Please find The Nature Conservancy¹s media release for today¹s declaration
of the South Tanami Indigenous Protected Area.

If you would like to interview Dr Michael Looker, Director, The Nature
Conservancy, please either email me mediawise at mediawise.net.au or ring me on
03 9818 8540.

We have pictures too.


Penny Underwood

10 July 2012


The Nature Conservancy To Assist With Managing Australia¹s Largest
Nationally Protected Area

The Nature Conservancy today helped announce the declaration of the Southern
Tanami Indigenous Protected Area, Australia¹s largest land conservation

Speaking from Sangsters Bore in the Northern Territory, Peter
Taylor‹external affairs director for The Nature Conservancy in
Australia‹said the declaration is a dream made reality for the Warlpiri
people and his organisation.

"The Nature Conservancy is pleased to contribute $500,000 toward supporting
the management of this area and the Warlpiri rangers,² Mr Taylor said.

³We are happy to join with the Warlpiri, the Central Land Council, and the
Federal Government as this Indigenous Protected Area becomes a reality.²

Mr Taylor said that today¹s announcement was a celebration of the Warlpiri
people's connection with country.

³We¹re looking forward to assisting the Warlpiri people in protecting their
country and helping to create a sustainable economic future for local
Indigenous people around conservation and land management,² he said.

Mr Taylor added that Southern Tanami would create conservation benefits for
all Australians, as well as have an impact on the health and wellbeing of
local Indigenous communities.

Stretching across more than 10 million hectares, Southern Tanami is 30%
larger than Tasmania. It includes two internationally important sites for
conservation: the southwest Tanami Desert and Lake Mackay. The ancient land
contains habitat critical to the survival of many of Australia¹s threatened
species, including the bilby, mulgara, and great desert skink. Southern
Tanami also includes important wetlands, breeding sites for waterbirds, and
rare and threatened plants.

³In this IPA, Warlpiri rangers will combine science with Indigenous
ecological knowledge to deliver new solutions to challenges around issues
such as fire management, feral animals, and weed control,² Mr Taylor said.

³But it will also ensure that Indigenous knowledge and culture is kept alive
and that areas of high conservation significance are protected against new

The Indigenous Protected Area program allows Indigenous people to conserve
and manage their lands through the National Reserve System, Australia¹s
network of protected areas. 

The Nature Conservancy has long been a strong supporter of the IPA program
and for greater recognition of Indigenous people¹s efforts to protect
environmental and cultural heritage values.

Mr Taylor said the Indigenous Protected Area initiative was one of
Australia's most successful conservation stories, protecting biodiversity
while providing training and employment for Indigenous people doing work on
their own country.

³The Nature Conservancy works with Indigenous people across the world, and
we know that Australia¹s IPA system is at the forefront of global efforts to
empower Indigenous groups to manage traditionally held lands.²

Media inquiries: Penny Underwood on (03) 9818 8540 or
mediawise at mediawise.net.au

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is a leading conservation organisation working
around the world in more than 30 countries to protect the lands and waters
on which all life depends. The Nature Conservancy has worked with Indigenous
groups and other partners to protect more than 6 million hectares in
Australia since 2000. We helped to secure 29 high priority additions to the
National Reserve System, including some of the largest private protected
areas in Australia. The Nature Conservancy is now supporting the
conservation of nearly 30 million hectares of largely Indigenous lands
across northern and central Australia and we¹re working to conserve the
Great Western Woodlands, the the world¹s largest intact temperate woodland.
Visit The Nature Conservancy at www.natureaustralia.org.au

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