The Ties that Bind: Indigenous Peoples and Environmental Governance

Indigenous Peoples and the Law: Comparative and Critical Perspectives, 2009

CLPE Research Paper No. 26/2008

51 Pages Posted: 4 Sep 2008

Date Written: September 3, 2008


Canvassing practices in many countries, this chapter analyses the relationships between Indigenous peoples and environmental governance. It examines the environmental values and practices of Indigenous peoples, primarily in order to assess their implications for the Indigenous stake in environmental governance. It identifies at least six major theories or perspectives concerning Indigenous environmental values and practices. Secondly, the chapter reviews the legal norms and governance tools that structure Indigenous involvement in environmental management, in order to assess their relative value for Indigenous stakeholders and implications for sustainable utilisation of natural resources.

Keywords: Environmental law, Indigenous peoples, Indigenous resource rights, legal pluralism, traditional environmental knowledge.

JEL Classification: K39

Suggested Citation

Richardson, Benjamin J., The Ties that Bind: Indigenous Peoples and Environmental Governance (September 3, 2008). CLPE Research Paper No. 26/2008; CLPE Research Paper No. 26/2008. Available at SSRN: or

Benjamin J. Richardson (Contact Author)

University of Tasmania - Faculty of Law ( email )

Private Bag 89
Hobart, Tasmania 7001


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