Australia: Four National Parks returned to First Nations

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Added 2021-10-04

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The ownership and management of the World Heritage-listed Daintree, Hope Islands, Ngalba Bulal and Black Mountain National Parks, containing the world's oldest tropical rainforest, has been handed back to the Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation (JYAC) of the eastern Kuku Yalanji people after four years of negotiations. JYAC will initially jointly manage the four national parks with the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service with the possibility that they will be the sole managers in the future. The continuation of funding,  quality job opportunities, real involvement in management decisions, and the return of the indigenous population to areas once stolen from them are among key aspects of the agreement. 

Read more: ABC - National Indigenous Times - Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation - Facebook

Location

Australia
Daintree, Queensland