Australians back paying Indigenous people to manage land

Australians are willing to pay up to 50 times what they currently do for Indigenous people to manage their traditional land in northern Australia, researchers have found.

Researchers performed a nationwide survey of the types of environmental management that people would be willing to pay for and how much they would pay.

“We had nearly 1000 respondents and 70% said they would be willing to contribute to a conservation fund that pays Indigenous people to carry out conservation activities,” the lead researcher said.

She said Indigenous people owned and managed more than 20% of the Australian continent, three times the size of Spain, and much of it was relatively unchanged savanna or arid land.

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