First Peoples’ land overlaps with 130 imperilled bird species – and their knowledge may be vital to saving them

Wed, 13 Mar 2024 11:41:35 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at]>

Andrew Pam

"Australia’s First Peoples have a strong and continuing connection to the land.
Their determination to maintain this connection provides important
opportunities for conservation.

Our new research explored this opportunity by examining where Australia’s
imperilled birds overlap with the Country of First Peoples. We defined such
land as anything considered part of the Aboriginal or Indigenous estate. The
includes but is not confined to Indigenous Protected Areas, native title land
and areas controlled by Indigenous land councils.

More than 200 Australian bird species are threatened with extinction. Our
analysis found 64% of these, or about 130 species, occur on lands and waters to
which First Peoples’ groups have a legal determination.

We hope our research may lead to greater collaboration between First Peoples
and conservationists. We also hope it elevates First Peoples’ voices to inform
how we understand and care for our precious birds."

       *** Xanni ***
--               Andrew Pam                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu            Partner, Glass Wings               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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