Resource management on traditional lands and waters

Webinar Series: Natural Resource Politics, Culture and Law: Land and Water Governance and Minority Peoples in Asia-Pacific

Wednesday, March 2, 2022
6:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)
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There are many and varied examples of management regimes on indigenous lands around the world. Many of these management regimes often have little influence or relevance to Aboriginal interests and sensitivities. However, as provided for in art. 26(2) of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples “Indigenous peoples have the right to own, use, develop and control the territories and resources they possess by virtue of traditional ownership or traditional occupation or use…” This session explores some of the ways in which indigenous groups have been able to exercise their rights to control and manage their natural resources and waters with state policy makers. or within indigenous management structures. In some cases, indigenous peoples have exclusive or primary authority over their territories. More often, however, they have to share management with state actors. These arrangements are particularly complicated when Indigenous peoples’ use rights extend over a large area and must be balanced against the use rights or property interests of non-Indigenous peoples. This session critically examines various approaches that different groups and state actors have taken to address natural resource management issues.

Moderator: Professor Mitsuhiko Takahashi (University of Toyama)


  • Ann McCammon-Soltis (Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission): “Treaty Rights in the Upper Great Lakes: Tribal Governance and Intergovernmental Relations”
  • Kurtis Jai-Chyi Pei (Institute of Wildlife Conservation National Pingtung University of Science and Technology): “Towards Indigenous Hunting Self-Governance in Taiwan”
  • Morihiro Ichikawa, Tomamu Law Office: “Comments from the Perspective of the Ainu Salmon Case in Japan.”
  • Tiffany Chisholm Gardner (University of Western Australia): “Recognizing the Strengths of the First Law: Co-Governance as a Water Decolonization Strategy”

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Sponsor(s): Asia Pacific Center, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of New England (Australia) First Peoples First Peoples Rights and Law Center (FPRLC); Center for Science and Technology Innovation for Taiwanese-Philippine Indigenous Knowledge, Local Knowledge and Sustainable Studies (CTPILS); National Chengchi University, Taiwan