Natural and cultural resource management in West Arnhem Land is a success story in Indigenous Australia.
More than 3,000 people live on their lands here – one of Australia's most important and intact environments nurtured by 50,000 years of Indigenous management. Today, natural and cultural resource management work enables people to continue this legacy. The landscape is managed by the people who know it best and there is meaningful employment in remote communities where there are few other options.
When local elders wanted to secure this work for their children and grandchildren they joined with non-Indigenous experts to create the Karrkad-Kanjdji Trust. Together they followed the conservation trust fund model used in more than 50 countries worldwide to provide sustainable finance for conservation, community well-being and economic development.