Welcome to Smyth and Bahrdt Consultants


Smyth and Bahrdt Consultants specialises in consultancy, policy development, research, workshop facilitation and cross-cultural education projects relating to Indigenous peoples' rights, use, knowledge and management of Australia's environments and natural resources. Over the last 20 years, projects undertaken by our Principal Consultant, Dr Dermot Smyth, have contributed to the development of policies and programs to recognise and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' role in national park and marine park management, Indigenous Protected Areas, fisheries management, sea country planning and natural resource management.

Dermot Smyth is Adjunct Principal Research Fellow, School of Environmental Research, Charles Darwin University
and a member of:

~ Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)

 Indigenous Protected Area Sub-committee of the Australian Government Environment Minister's Indigenous Advisory Committee

~ Indigenous Reef Advisory Committee of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

~ Cape York Peninsula Regional Scientific and Cultural Advisory Committee

~ World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA)

~ International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP)

~ Strategic Direction on Governance, Communities, Equity, and Livelihood Rights in 
Relation  to Protected Areas (TILCEPA) (a joint working group of WCPA and CEESP)

For access to many of the reports, workshop proceedings, published papers, books, book chapters and presentations produced by Dermot Smyth please refer to the "REPORTS AND PUBLICATIONS" page. Only material that has been cleared for public release has been made available; no confidential or culturally restricted information has been included.

For further information on past projects undertaken by Smyth and Bahrdt Consultants please refer to the "PROJECTS" page .



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