Indigenous Development Through Payments for Environmental Services in Arnhem Land, Australia: A Critical Analysis

  • Nanni Concu
Part of the Studies in Ecological Economics book series (SEEC, volume 4)


In this chapter, I review the theoretical framework of payments for environmental services (PES) schemes and how it applies to the indigenous estate in Australia. This review indicates that there is a mismatch between the theoretical requirement of PES—secure property rights and targeting generators of negative externalities—and the conditions of indigenous-owned land in northern Australia. This, coupled with the lack of a legal framework for market exchanges of ES, leaves indigenous rangers exposed to market forces driving them into short-term contractual arrangements with little cultural relevance and possibly few social, environmental and economic benefits. PES cannot substitute for the lack of public investment and the removal of policy distortions that are often at the core of environmental and development problems in many indigenous remote communities.


Indigenous People Indigenous Community Environmental Service Marine Debris Native Title 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento di Economia, Impresa e RegolamentazioneUniversita’ di SassariSassariItaly

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