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About the project
The unique environment of the Kimberley is an area of scientific interest and focus for researchers, yet the care and management of the land and saltwater country by Traditional Owners reflects a deep and rich cultural association formed over thousands of years. Integrating Indigenous peoples’ knowledge with Western science is a key element to ensuring the best outcomes for future management and conservation of the Kimberley.
The Kimberley Indigenous Saltwater Science Project (KISSP) was developed to improve the ways in which research and monitoring is planned and undertaken in the Kimberley to ensure that both Indigenous and Western science partners are involved.
KISSP has produced a range of documents that seek to build capacity for collaborative management of Kimberley Saltwater Country.
- Integrate Indigenous knowledge and management practices into Kimberley marine conservation and management.
- Develop standard and agreed community process and protocols and a research agreement template to underpin marine research in the Kimberley and an implementation strategy to build awareness in the science community of the need for this engagement.
- Develop a framework and protocols for standardising data collection, storage and analysis methodologies that can be used to monitor saltwater country across the Kimberley. This includes the development of a training package for agreed research targets for delivery to rangers to develop internal capacity in these standardised techniques.
- The KISSP working group was formed, consisting of representatives from seven saltwater country communities.
- Research collaborators were selected by the working group to undertake the research to meet the project objectives.
- On-country meetings and workshops with Traditional Owners from each of these seven communities were undertaken.
- A survey of current monitoring tools used by Indigneous rangers was undertaken, along with a survey of researchers and their experience working with Traditional Owners.
- This project confirmed the value of communication and collaboration between researchers and Indienous people in contributing to successful research outcomes.
- A set of key documents and tools have been produced that will guide and support Right-Way research and enhance collaboration between researchers and Traditional Owners.
- Toolbox of monitoring techniques available for use by Indigenous rangers in healthy country management
- Training package developed for Indigenous rangers to monitor healthy country
- Subreport : Mobilising Indigenous Knowledge for the Collaborative Management of Kimberley Saltwater Country
- Subreport : Guidelines for Collaborative Knowledge Work in Kimberley Saltwater Country
- Subreport: A Regional Framework for Saltwater Monitoring in the Kimberley
- Subproject: Kimberley Saltwater Monitoring Toolbox
- Subproject: Pilot training package for Kimberley Indigenous Rangers: Monitoring for Management
Click here for a diagram explaining how these reports work as a whole.
Austin B, Robinson C, Mathews D, Oades D, Wiggin A, Dobbs R, Lincoln G, Garnettt S. (2019) An Indigenous-Led Approach for Regional Knowledge Partnerships in the Kimberley Region of Australia. Human Ecology doi.org/10.1007/s10745-019-00085-9
Program: Kimberley Marine Research
Completed: July 2017
Location: Kimberley Region
Project Leader: Dean Mathews, Nyamba Buru Yawuru