NAIDOC Week 2020

8 November 2020

For NAIDOC Week 2020, we highlighted some of our important collaborative research with Indigenous people across northern Australia. You can read about more of our projects with an Indigenous NRM focus here.


We recently launched the Our Knowledge Our Way Guidelines in caring for Country. These are Indigenous-led approaches to strengthening and sharing knowledge for land and sea management. The guidelines were created by 100+ Indigenous contributors, CSIRO, North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance Ltd and Australian Committee for IUCN. Read more about the creation of these guidelines here.

‘Sharing the knowledge for caring for our Land’ artwork by Emma Burchill.


New research between Nyikina elders & Hub researchers will help water planners understand & consider Nyikina people’s ethics & custodial responsibilities, not just their ecological knowledge, in water planning & management of the Kimberley’s Fitzroy River. Read more here.


Fitzroy river aerial photo


Australia has 7% of the world’s mangroves. During 2015-6, one of the worst mangrove dieback events recorded devastated ~7400 ha of mangroves along  more than 1000km of Gulf coast. To support future mangrove monitoring, the team produced a field guide for Indigenous rangers to enable consistent monitoring along northern Australian coastlines. Read more about the project here.


Did you know Gulf of Carpentaria coasts are critically important habitat for migratory shorebirds that fly from as far away as Siberia? This collaboration between Carpentaria Land Council Aboriginal Corporation and Griffith University is showing just how important the Gulf is for these long-distance fliers. Read more about the project here.


An Indigenous-led Hub project is solving complex environmental management problems in Kakadu National Park. They were finalists for the Australian Museum’s Eurkea Prize for STEM Inclusion. They were also finalists at the 2020 Territory Natural Resource Management Awards in the Best Collaboration in NRM. You can see more about the collaborative approach of this project in the video below.



New Hub research has found that opportunities for Indigenous people to exchange knowledge through ILSMPs is having a largely positive impact on people’s wellbeing. Improving protocols around knowledge-sharing between ISLMPs can also further improve well-being. Read more about the project here.


Talaroo station photo, an important piece of land for the Ewamian people involved in this project


We were honoured to have won TWO awards at the 2020 NT Natural Resource Management Awards! The Wagiman / TRaCK Water Conservation team won the Best Collaboration in NRM and he Research in NRM categories!

You can read more about the Wagiman/TRaCK collaboration here.



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