Kakadu National Park is a living cultural landscape internationally recognised for its outstanding natural and cultural values. The World Heritage listed park boasts an incredible array of interconnected ecosystems and rich biodiversity and to this day continues to support traditional resources for Indigenous people.
These significant values are, however, under pressure from a range of threats including weeds, feral animals, changed fire patterns and rising sea levels. Traditional Owners (Bininj and Mungguy) have a widely recognised role in environmental management in the park. Since the park was declared, it has been jointly managed by Bininj/Mungguy and Parks Australia. While this management structure facilitates shared decision making and prioritises an exchange in knowledge, skills and information, there is room to bring the interests of Kakadu’s Traditional Owners, park managers and the public into closer alignment.
This project is aimed largely at improving the management of threats to the park’s outstanding values. The first stage of this project is identifying and developing research to support Indigenous natural resource management in Kakadu National Park. This research is both addressing threats to the Park’s values and align with the priorities of Traditional Owners, park staff and the NAER Hub. The research is also designed to support the involvement of Aboriginal residents in onground work. The projects identified through this first stage are running as part of the NAER Hub’s research program from 2017.
The research is taking place in Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory.
Macdonald, J.M., Robinson, C.J., Perry, J., Lee, M., Barrowei, R., Coleman, B., Markham, J., Barrowei, A., Markham, B., Ford, H., Douglas, J., Hunter, J., Gayoso, E., Ahwon, T., Cooper, D., May, K., Setterfield, S.A & Douglas., M.M. 2021. Indigenous-led responsible innovation: lessons from co-developed protocols to guide the use of drones to monitor a biocultural landscape in Kakadu National Park, Australia, Journal of Responsible Innovation, DOI: 10.1080/23299460.2021.1964321
NESP researchers have built on long-term collaborations with Bininj Traditional Owners to develop and apply Bininj indicators of cultural-ecosystem health for the floodplains. These indicators are being used to identify priority areas for targeted para grass control and monitor the effectiveness of treatments.
Kakadu NESP Team Eureka Prize for STEM Inclusion finalists.
NESP researchers have built on long-term collaborations with Bininj/Mungguy Traditional Owners to develop and apply Bininj/Mungguy indicators of cultural-ecosystem health for the floodplains. These indicators are being used to identify priority areas for targeted para grass control and monitor the effectiveness of treatments.