Project start date: 01/10/2023
Project end date: 30/11/2025
NESP funding: $476,000 (GST-exclusive)
The development of National Indigenous Environmental Research Network (NIERN) is an Indigenous-led strategic initiative to support Indigenous leadership and participation in biodiversity conservation and environmental management across Australia.
Australian Outback Sunset. Photo: Yay Images Adobe Stock
Currently, a lack of investment restricts the meaningful engagement of local Indigenous organisations in the development and implementation of research. Consequently, national environmental research priorities often lack Indigenous place-based research priorities and fail to fulfill the aspiration of Indigenous land management practitioner. .
We’re investigating the models to develop an enduring and transformative entity – NIERN – that will promote Indigenous inclusion in biodiversity conservation and environmental management. It will help guide the relationship between Indigenous organisations, researchers, policy-makers and environmental management practitioners. Guided by an Indigenous participant elicitation process, we will make recommendations for investment in the long-term future of NIERN.
This project was conceived and led by Indigenous leaders from research, academia and the Indigenous land and sea management sector. We aim to improve Indigenous-led research outcomes, and in turn, the effectiveness and efficiency of environmental research and monitoring activities undertaken on Country.
Key research areas
To address these challenges, this project is:
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The project is being led by Professor Stephen van Leeuwen from Curtin University. It is aligned with, but independent of, Project 3.2 of the NESP Marine and Coastal Hub: ‘Developing a national environmental research network: marine and coastal case studies’.