CSIRO Indigenous Engagement

Publications

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Read our publications below:

Ngadju kala: Ngadju fire knowledge and contemporary fire management in the Great Western Woodlands

This report documents Ngadju knowledge about fire in Ngadju country and the aspirations of Ngadju for fire management on their country.

Bringing the community into World Heritage through biocultural diversity—issues and policy implications

Biocultural diversity depends on traditional and local peoples’ management systems.

Engaging Indigenous Communities in World Heritage declarations: processes and practice

Chapter 21 of the Australian Committee for IUCN book 'Keeping the Outstanding Exceptional: the Future of World Heritage in Australia'.

Tiwi Burning: fire and carbon on the Tiwi Islands

This booklet on fire and carbon was produced for people who live on the Tiwi Islands 80 kilometres north of Darwin in the Northern Territory. (24 pages)

Framework and institutional analysis: Indigenous co-management and biodiversity protection in the Wet Tropics

The report provides an Indigenous-driven framework with a view of all the parts that make up co-management. The framework is being used to evaluate the status and trends of Indigenous co-management in the wet tropics.

The Ngan'gi Seasons Calendar

Indigenous ecological knowledge can tell us much about the ecology of northern Australia. The Nauiyu community from Daly River in the Northern Territory worked with CSIRO to create a seasonal calendar.(1 page)

The Gulumoerrgin (Larrakia) Seasons Calendar

Members of the Gulumoerrgin language group worked with CSIRO staff to document and compile their Indigenous seasonal knowledge into a calendar.

The Gooniyandi Seasons Calendar

Indigenous ecological knowledge can tell us much about the ecology of northern Australia. Members of Muludja community from the Fitzroy Valley in the Kimberley in Western Australia worked with CSIRO to create a seasonal calendar. (1 page)

The Wagiman Plants and Animals Calendar

Indigenous ecological knowledge can tell us much about the ecology of northern Australia. Members of the Wagiman language group from the Daly River in the Northern Territory worked with CSIRO to create a calendar of popular plants and animals. (1 page)

The MalakMalak and Matngala Plant Knowledge Calendar

Traditional knowledge can tell us much about the ecology of northern Australia. MalakMalak traditional owners from the Daly River region in the Northern Territory worked with CSIRO to create a seasonal calendar of plant knowledge. (1 page)

The Walmajarri Seasons Calendar

Indigenous ecological knowledge can tell us much about the ecology of northern Australia. Members of the Walmajarri language group worked with CSIRO staff to document and compile their Indigenous seasonal knowledge into a calendar. (1 page)

Working Knowledge: local ecological and hydrological knowledge about the flooded forest country of Oriners Station, Cape York

This report uses a new approach, ‘Working Knowledge’, to combine scientific and local knowledge about an ecologically important area of the Mitchell River in Queensland (247 pages).

Indigenous peoples socio economic values and river flows in the Mitchell River delta Cape York

This report presents the results of a two year study of Indigenous socio-economic values and river flows at Kowanyama on the Cape York Peninsula in Queensland.

Indigenous water management and water planning in the Upper Roper River, Northern Territory: History and implications for contemporary water planning

This report describes the history of Indigenous weir construction in the Roper River, an important example of traditional Indigenous water knowledge and management.

Indigenous water values and water planning in the Upper Roper River, Northern Territory

This report contains the preliminary results from archival and field research on Indigenous water values and water planning in the upper Roper River, Northern Territory.

Water and Indigenous People in the Pilbara, Western Australia: A Preliminary Study

This report by Marcus Barber and Sue Jackson explores Indigenous relationships to water and attitudes to key water issues in the Pilbara - water supply, mine water use, and rapid economic development.

Water and Indigenous People in the Pilbara, Western Australia: Summary of Report

This is a plain English summary for Indigenous people of a report about Indigenous water values and mining issues in the Pilbara, Western Australia.

Indigenous socio-economic values and river flows: Final Report

This report presents the results of a three year CSIRO study in northern Australia of Indigenous socio-economic values and river flows funded under the TRaCK (Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge) program.

Indigenous socio-economic values and river flows summary: A Summary of Research Results 2008 -2010

This is a summary of a CSIRO report on Indigenous socio-economic values and river flows in northern Australia, funded under the TRaCK (Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge) program.

A calendar of Ngadju seasonal knowledge

This report is a summary of elements of the knowledge held by the Ngadju (also known as the Marlpa) people of Western Australia who retain a detailed understanding of their Indigenous 'calendar' of times, seasons and indicators as it pertains to Ngadju country.

Water Dreaming: Kuku Nyungkal people, water and country in the Wet Tropics

This report documents the water concerns, values, knowledge and management interests of 14 Kuku Nyungkal people, a Kuku Yalanji man and a Kuku Bidiji woman from the northern part of the Wet Tropics region of far north Queensland. (40 pages)

Effects of changes in water availability on Indigenous people of the Murray-Darling Basin: a scoping study (final report)

In Australian Indigenous societies, water is vested with great cultural and symbolic significance as well as economic importance. (194 pages)

Effects of change in water availability on Indigenous people of the Murray-Darling Basin: Summary report

In Australian Indigenous societies, water is vested with great cultural and symbolic significance as well as economic importance. (12 pages)

Yoorrooyang Dawang Joint Planning Guidelines

The Yoorrooyang Dawang Joint Planning Guidelines (YDJPG) are the second stage of an innovative process of planning for joint managment of the conservation estate between Traditional Owners and the Western Australian Government, arising out of the Ord Final Agreement (OFA). (63 pages)

National Indigenous Water Planning Forum

This 58-page report focusses on the Indigenous access provisions of the 2004 National Water Initiative (NWI) and reviews the processes that have been implemented to date for participation by Indigenous groups.

Miriuwung-Gajerrong Cultural Planning Framework

Plans for Conservation Parks and Nature Reserves under the Ord Final Agreement. CSIRO supported this project through co-investment of resources to support the research and writing of this framework. (116 pages)

Technical Report on the Miriuwung-Gajerrong Cultural Planning Framework

Documentation and analysis of engagement processes and outcomes for joint park planning. (75 pages)

Land management for emissions offsets on Indigenous lands

This 70-page CSIRO report assessed the potential value of land management practices that can sequester carbon or change emissions regimes on indigenous lands.

Preliminary study on Indigenous water values and interests in the Katherine Region of the Northern Territory

A study of the social arrangements and cultural practices relating to water and the Indigenous knowledge of groundwater and surface water sources held by cultural groups in the vicinity of the regional centre of Katherine. (74 pages)

Healthy Country, Healthy People: Supporting Indigenous engagement in the sustainable management of Northern Territory land and seas

CSIRO led the development of the Healthy Country, Healthy People Strategic Framework to guide government investment in Indigenous cultural natural resource management in the Northern Territory. (232 pages)

Executive Summary: Healthy Country, Healthy People: Supporting Indigenous engagement in the sustainable management of Northern Territory land and seas

This is an executive summary of the Healthy Country, Healthy People Strategic Framework to guide government investment in Indigenous cultural and natural resource management in the Northern Territory. (22 pages)

Aboriginal land and sea management in the Top End: a community-driven evaluation

This report presents a community driven evaluation of Aboriginal land and sea management in the Top End of the Northern Territory, undertaken in partnership with 15 Aboriginal people from different parts of the Top End and representing all of the Northern Land Council regions. (166 pages)

Recognising and protecting Indigenous values in water resource management workshop report

Scientists from CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems in Darwin hosted a workshop in 2006 to identify and protect Indigenous values in water resource management with outcomes presented in this report.