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Environmental leaders and Indigenous engagement in Australia: a cosmopolitan enterprise?


McGaurr, L and Tranter, B and Lester, L, Environmental leaders and Indigenous engagement in Australia: a cosmopolitan enterprise?, Conservation and Society, 14, (3) pp. 254-266. ISSN 0972-4923 (2016) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.4103/0972-4923.191163


The World Heritage Convention protects sites of universal natural and cultural values, sometimes in combination. In 2015, it was amended to incorporate references to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). International conventions are always in danger of becoming the hand-maidens of their signatory states. When evidence emerges that they have succumbed, it fuels criticism of cosmopolitanism. At the same time, environmental leaders sometimes clash with Indigenous people over efforts to conserve the natural values of traditional lands for the ‘global good’. This article asks how international instruments with cosmopolitan ambitions influence the discourse and practice of national and subnational environmentalists attempting to find common ground with Indigenous groups. Drawing on interviews with 25 Australian environmental leaders, it finds the World Heritage Convention and UNDRIP have encouraged a pragmatic cosmopolitan practice among environmentalists, despite continuing intercultural differences in some quarters.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:cosmopolitanism, environmental movement, Indigenous movement, Indigenous rights, World Heritage, UNDRIP, informed consent, environmental conflict
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Environmental sociology
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:Communication not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:McGaurr, L (Dr Lynette McGaurr)
UTAS Author:Tranter, B (Professor Bruce Tranter)
UTAS Author:Lester, L (Professor Libby Lester)
ID Code:111401
Year Published:2016
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP130102154)
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2016-09-09
Last Modified:2018-02-13
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