Indigenous Australians Are Excluded From Managing Water on Their Own Land

Indigenous Australians Are Excluded From Managing Water on Their Own Land

ARTICLE – FIRST APPEARED ON VICE.COM

indigenous-australians-are-excluded-from-managing-water-on-their-own-land-1425430122-crop_lede

The Murray Darling Basin (MDB) spans a million square kilometres and crosses several state borders. It’s by far Australia’s largest water source, and its footprint contains 40 percent of the nation’s farms as well as 70 percent of its irrigated agriculture.

But for the many Indigenous communities dotting its sprawl, the basin also carries deep cultural significance. However, a series of legislation changes has lead to the locking out of indigenous leaders from decisions relating to the basin’s use and future. As a result, they’re claiming huge areas of their land has become uninhabitable.

– – –

Read the rest: http://www.vice.com/en_au/read/indigenous-australians-are-excluded-from-managing-water-on-their-own-land

 

Tagged

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.