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Issue 292: July 2022

Indigenous-led science

Welcome to this month’s issue of ECOS.

July was a huge month for celebrating Indigenous-led science at CSIRO. This started with NAIDOC Week, running from 3 to 10 July, with the theme Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!

This month, we celebrated two years since the release of Our Knowledge our Way (OKOW). The trailblazing, collaborative guidelines provide best-practice approaches to empowering Indigenous people to lead and partner in land and sea management.

The OKOW guidelines were a key tool in the project development of State of the Environment 2021 (SOE), a landmark report released last week. This month’s ECOS edition features a series of SOE articles. While the SOE report findings are sobering, it’s important to recognise some key positive developments --namely, the Indigenous-led co-design of the report and prioritisation of Indigenous knowledge, alongside Western science.

Our researchers put the OKOW co-design principles into practice while on Country, working with Indigenous peoples to find responsible ways to use digital technology to solve complex environmental challenges.

We hope you enjoy this issue.

Indigenous authors front and centre of latest State of Environment Report

For the first time, the five-yearly State of the Environment Report includes an entire Indigenous-led theme, Indigenous co-lead authors on most chapters, and Indigenous-specific case studies.

A health check for our natural wealth

With the release of the latest scientific report card on the state of Australia’s environment, we look at the underpinning science tools that have enabled the assessment, and how they can support our environmental restoration efforts.