Koalas and traditional land management
Through the Dreaming, cultural practices, ceremonies and kinship networks,
Knowledge of the land and its management is based on deep spiritual connections with Country. This knowledge is often referred to as Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) or Indigenous Knowledge.
The term ‘Country’ is often used by many Aboriginal peoples to describe a place or area, their family connections, and their relationship to that location. It is a complex term, and should not be confused with how ‘country’ is used in Standard Australian English.
Accumulated over thousands of years, Traditional Ecological Knowledge describes and defines how humans interact with Country to ensure healthy ecosystems, plants, animals and people.
This includes successfully managing the land to support koala habitat. When Europeans arrived in Australia, Traditional Ecological Knowledge was largely ignored. Many of the threats facing koalas today are the result of human land management practices that are not aligned with First Nations land management.