More than 1.2 million hectares declared Indigenous Protected in North QLD

NQ Dry Tropics is joining Traditional Owners to celebrate the declaration of more than 1.2 million hectares between Mission Beach and Ingham under the Girringun Region Indigenous Protected Areas (GRIPA) Management Plan.

The declaration is the culmination of years of hard work by the Girringun Aboriginal Corporation and will guide Traditional Owners to look after the region’s natural resources and cultural heritage.

As a Girringun partner and declaration co-signatory, NQ Dry Tropics recognises the significance of this achievement by Girringun’s nine Traditional Owner member groups of the northern dry tropics and southern wet tropics.

NQ Dry Tropics Director and Girrungun Chief Executive Officer, Phil Rist says protecting the areas’ cultural and ecological values is for the benefit of the regions’ diverse species and all future generations.

This is the culmination of many, many years of hard work and effort to get to this point.

We are working with our public and private partners to ensure the Girringun Region Indigenous Protected Areas and the many uniquely special native plants and animals which call our land and sea country home, survive the serious new challenges now facing the Earth.

NQ Dry Tropics chief executive officer, Scott Crawford says the GRIPA is a tremendous achievement for NRM.

With NQ Dry Tropics’ involvement in this collaboration I fully appreciate and congratulate Girringun and their Traditional Owner member groups for their leadership and hard work.

There is no doubt the GRIPA will provide a greater capacity to protect our natural and cultural assets across the region.

In signing a partnership Memorandum of Understanding to deliver the GRIPA in ways that strengthen the participation of Girringun Traditional Owners, I am confident we can continue to work together to manage our natural resources for future generations.

The GRIPA is a voluntary declaration signed on 8 June 2013 by eight Aboriginal clans: the Djiru, Bandjin, Gulnay,Girramay, Warrgamay, Warungnu, Gugu Badhun and Nywaigi (with the support of Jirrbal) Traditional Owners.

An Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) is a defined area of land and/or sea country which Traditional Owners have voluntarily declared they will manage for biodiversity conservation and the protection of cultural and natural resources.

Indigenous Protected Areas deliver more than environmental benefits. Managing Indigenous Protected Areas helps Indigenous communities to protect their significant bio-cultural values for future generations and receive by-product health, education, economic and social benefits.

The IPA was facilitated with the collaboration of the Australian and Queensland Government agencies, other NRM organisations, local councils, private landholders, Native Title Bodies, community organisations and Traditional Owners.