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Indigenous cultural and spiritual values in water quality planning

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Collings, N for the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, 2012

Integrating the cultural and spiritual values of Indigenous people into water quality management requires:

  • careful and considered consultation, planning and continued engagement
  • understanding and due respect for Indigenous Law, custom and traditional knowledge.

Australia and New Zealand are committed to providing additional advice to help develop an approach to managing and assessing water quality in a manner that accounts for Indigenous cultural and spiritual values.

This report presents 6 case studies of active Indigenous engagement in water quality management from around Australia.

Studies in this report informed the advice on the Indigenous cultural and spiritual values of waterways​, published as part of the Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for Fresh and Marine Water Quality.

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