Collaborative research partnerships inform monitoring and management of aquatic ecosystems by Indigenous rangers

Rebecca Dobbs, Christie Davies, Micha Jackson, Michelle Walker, N Pettit, Bradley J Pusey, Paul Close, Yoshi Akune, Ninjana Walsham, Brendan Smith, Albert Wiggan, Preston Cox, Douglas Ward, Fiona Tingle, Rod Kennett

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    Aquatic ecosystems are critical to the long-term viability and vibrancy of communities and economies across northern Australia. In a region that supports significant cultural and ecological water values, partnerships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous stakeholders can benefit aquatic ecosystem management. We present, as a case study from the Kimberley region of Western Australia, a collaborative research program that successfully documented Indigenous and Western Scientific knowledge of remote wetlands, using a variety of field-based activities, questionnaires, interviews and workshops. The sharing of knowledge between Indigenous and non-Indigenous research partners facilitated a comprehensive understanding of ecosystem values, threats, processes, management priorities and aspirations. These formed the basis of a management plan and monitoring tools, designed to build the capacity of an Indigenous ranger group to engage in research, monitoring and management of wetlands. The project provides a useful example of the benefits of collaborations in the context of remote-area management where local communities are responsible for environmental management and monitoring, such as is the case in northern Australia and presumably other areas of the world. © 2015, Springer International Publishing Switzerland.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)711-725
    Number of pages15
    JournalReviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries
    Volume26
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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    Dobbs, R., Davies, C., Jackson, M., Walker, M., Pettit, N., Pusey, B. J., Close, P., Akune, Y., Walsham, N., Smith, B., Wiggan, A., Cox, P., Ward, D., Tingle, F., & Kennett, R. (2016). Collaborative research partnerships inform monitoring and management of aquatic ecosystems by Indigenous rangers. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, 26(4), 711-725. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11160-015-9401-2