14 September 2023
The Resilient Landscapes Hub is celebrating the inaugural meeting of it's Indigenous Advisory Panel. The panel is helping to ensure that Indigenous knowledge and land management priorities are incorporated into every stage of research to protect our natural landscapes and biodiversity.
We are excited to announce the inaugural meeting of the Resilient Landscapes Hub’s Indigenous Advisory Panel! The panel has been established to ensure that an Indigenous perspective is applied throughout the hub’s research development, approvals, implementation and evaluation processes.
Members of the Indigenous Advisory Panel. Left to right: Phil Duncan (University of Canberra, Centre for Applied Water Science), Scott Allen (Jaithmathang Traditional Ancestral Bloodline Original Owners First Nation Aboriginal Corporation), Marlee Hutton (Kimberley Land Council), Stephen van Leeuwen (Indigenous Advisory Panel chairperson, NESP Resilient Landscapes Hub), Lani Barnes (Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder), Niboddhri Ward (Australian Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water). Photo: NESP Resilient Landscapes Hub.
The Indigenous Advisory Panel members include experts in Indigenous knowledge and environmental research from across Australia. Alongside the Hub Steering Committee, the newly formed Indigenous Advisory Panel is an integral part of the hub’s research process. Our panel of Indigenous advisors has an enormous wealth and diversity of knowledge. They are helping to ensure that Indigenous knowledge and land management priorities are incorporated into every stage of research to protect our natural landscapes and biodiversity.
Chairperson of the Indigenous Advisory Panel and Deputy Hub Leader, Professor Stephen van Leeuwen, spoke about what the establishment of this panel means for Indigenous research.
The hub’s Indigenous Advisory Panel is very excited and proud to be working with the Hub Steering Committee and Research Executive Committee to provide advice and guidance on the inclusion of Indigenous values and aspirations in the research activities of the hub. The panel will ensure the hub undertakes research that acknowledges Indigenous ways of working, builds the cultural competence of researchers, and unlocks opportunities to augment the capacity of Indigenous land-management practitioners to continue their stewardship of Country.
– Professor Stephen van Leeuwen
The establishment of the hub’s Indigenous Advisory Panel is a step towards better Indigenous representation in environmental research and policy-making.
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