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Watarru Indigenous Protected Area

Category: Place
Date: 1 June 2000
Sub Category:Indigenous Protected Area
Place:Great Victorian Desert
State/Country:South Australia, Australia
Subject Matter:Environmental Heritage | Land Management | Cultural Heritage
Summary Information:
Watarru Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) was declared in June 2000. The IPA covers an area of 1.28 million hectares and lies in the Great Victorian Desert which is the traditional home of the Pitjantjatjara, Ngaanyatjarra and Yankunytjatjara Aboriginal peoples.
Detailed Information:
The area is one of biological significance. It contains one of the highest diversities of reptile species found anywhere in the world and supports populations of rare and endangered species, including mallee fowl and the great desert skink.

The traditoinal owners continue to manage the land in accordance with traditional law or 'Tjukurpa'. The major management issues include the maintenance of traditional fire patterns, preservation of rockholes and soakages, and feral animal control.

Related Entries

  • Financial Assistance Agreement
  • Watarru Financial Assistance Agreement
  • Organisation
  • Natural Heritage Trust
  • Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Management (APY)
  • People
  • Pitjantjatjara People
  • Ngaanyatjarra People
  • Yankunytjatjara People
  • Watarru Community
  • Policy/Strategy
  • National Reserve System Program

  • References

    Environment Australia (Commonwealth Department of the Environment and Heritage) (2001) Indigenous Communities & the Environment. Indigenous Protected Areas: Walalkara and Watarru Indigenous Protected Areas


    Watarru Financial Assistance Agreement Map - ( Image | Thumbnail | PDF)


    Indigenous Protected Area (Australia) | Indigenous Protected Areas Programme (Australia)

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