Australia declares two large Indigenous PAs

Australia has established two massive nature reserves spanning more than two million hectares in the Northern Territory to be looked after by Aborigines.

It will turn the top end into a major "conservation corridor", Environment Minister Peter Garrett says.

The first of the two parks - the Warddeken Indigenous Protected Area - was officially declared on Thursday and covers almost 1.4 million hectares on the Arnhem Land plateau adjacent to Kakadu National Park.

It was home to 50,000-year-old rock art sites that rivalled those found in the World Heritage-listed Kakadu, as well as dozens of native plants and threatened species, Mr Garrett said.

Indigenous Protected Areas were one of the country's most successful conservation efforts.

"They protect Australia's biodiversity while providing training and employment for Aboriginal people doing work that they love on their own country," he said.

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