Project start date: 01/01/2023
Project end date: 30/12/2026
NESP funding: $400,000 (GST-exclusive)
Indigenous rangers across Australia protect, manage and monitor vast areas of land and sea Country. Unfortunately, there is limited guidance to inform rangers on what tools to use for monitoring, how to optimise their monitoring methods and how to manage their monitoring data while ensuring sovereignty of their Indigenous knowledge. This project is developing a digital platform to guide and support Indigenous practitioners on the protocols and technologies they can employ to best carry out and evaluate their on-Country monitoring and management programs.
This project was primarily conceived in consultation with Indigenous practitioners to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their on-Country management activities to protect natural and cultural values and mitigate threats. The project is addressing deficiencies in the capture, curation, storage and analysis of information and the use of this information to report on the environmental, economic, social and cultural outcomes of on-Country activities. These issues are pivotal to ensuring ongoing support for and, ultimately, growth of Indigenous land, water and sea management programs.
Rangers at work on Cape York. Photo: Gina Zimny.
Key research areas
This platform will enable ranger groups and other Indigenous practitioners to produce and deliver outputs that affirm the exceptional quality and quantity of their on-ground activities. This will support the Australian Government’s objectives to continue to support and ultimately grow Indigenous ranger and associated Landcare programs. This project is doing that by:
The project is being led by Professor Stephen van Leeuwen from Curtin University. This project will contribute to 2 cross-cutting initiatives: