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.
It’s been two years since the release of Our Knowledge Our Way in caring for Country. Since then, the Best Practice Guidelines have been used by government, industry, researchers and non-governmental organisations.
Our researchers have again played a major role in the latest State of the Environment report as lead authors on both the Marine and Coasts chapters. In a first for SoE reports, Indigenous knowledge and perspectives have been included, thanks to some of their work.
CSIRO's leading research, as captured in the latest State of the Environment report, explores the vulnerability of our air quality to catastrophic events like bushfires, and improvements we can make to manage pollution in the face of increasing hazardous events.