Traditional and Contemporary Management Strategies Essay

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Traditional management strategies were employed by the Aboriginal people of Australia for many thousands of years prior to European civilisation while contemporary management practices refer to the methods and strategies employed by governments, community/social groups and individuals mainly in the 20th and 21st century. Traditional Traditional management strategies employed by the indigenous people at the dry sclerophyll forest at Sugar Loaf Hill in West Ryde, Sydney and at the mangrove swamp at Buffalo Creek in West Ryde, Sydney are centred around the principle of stewardship: a belief system in which a community or an individual is responsible for the preservation of the land, landform features and natural features such as flora and fauna. Totemism was a management strategy used by the indigenous people in managing at the dry sclerophyll forest and the Grey mangrove swamp. Totemism is a practice in which each member of a tribe is responsible for the protection of a single animal or plant (their “totem” animal) and in ensuring that the animal did not exist. Their spirit or believe may also include rock outcrop or certain coloured sand / soil. Totemism greatly ensured the maintenance of genetic diversity as it was ensured that all types of animals were protected. It also increased the potential utility value of the ecosystem for future generations. Totemism upheld intrinsic and heritage values as the concept itself centred around the belief that all animals had the right to exist (intrinsic) and also, it followed the beliefs preached by the Dreamtime: The Dreamtime stories which are part of Aboriginal heritage promote the conservation of all animals as Aboriginal people believe that the souls of their ancestral Totemic spirits are embodied in plants and animals. Totemism ensured the consveration of heritage values by protecting all animals. = At the dry

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