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Type: Journal article
Title: Sacred Land, Mineral Wealth, and Biodiversity at Coronation Hill, Northern Australia: indigenous knowledge and SIA.
Author: Lane, Marcus B.
Ross, H.
Dale, Allan P.
Rickson, R.
Citation: Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, 2003; 21 (2):89-98
Publisher: Beech Tree Publishing
Issue Date: 2003
ISSN: 1461-5517
School/Discipline: School of Social Sciences : Geographical and Environmental Studies
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Marcus B. Lane, Helen Ross, A P Dale and Roy E Rickson
Abstract: This paper is concerned with the role of social impact assessment (SIA) in the resolution of an environmental conflict involving demands for the conservation of an ecologically significant area, a proposal to exploit mineral wealth, and the concerns of indigenous custodians who feared damage to sacred lands. This is a case in which the knowledge claims of key protagonists were deeply politicized and contested, and in which the process of decision-making was itself the subject of controversy and debate. The paper reviews the case, emphasizing the roles of western and indigenous epistemologies in decision-making. It presents an approach to SIA that addresses these epistemological issues and ensures the articulation of indigenous knowledge to governmental decision-makers.
Keywords: Indigenous knowledge; participation; SIA; indigenous people; environmental management; mining
Rights: © Beech Tree Publishing
RMID: 0020063784
DOI: 10.3152/147154603781766374
Appears in Collections:Geography, Environment and Population publications

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