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Indigenous Protected Areas Project

Protecting biodiversity and cultural values

Project overview

An Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) is an area of land or sea where Traditional Owners have entered into an agreement with the Australian Government to protect biodiversity and cultural values. Indigenous Protected Areas make up part of Australia’s National Reserve System.


  • Three Indigenous Protected Areas (IPAs) have been declared and are being actively managed in the Torres Strait region: Ugul Malu Kawal, Pulu Islet IPA and Warraberalgal Porumalgal IPA.

  • Rangers from associated communities are actively supporting the implementation of Plans of Management for all IPAs in the region.

  • There is growing interest from Traditional Owners in regard to the extension of existing IPAs over marine estates, and in the declaration of new IPAs.

Boosting biodiversity efforts: Senior Natural Resources Officer u2013 Ranger Supervisor Troy Laza

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