Our science in Managing Country
AI + Indigenous Knowledge a powerful tool posing critical questions
In Kakadu National Park, an invasive weed is choking precious wetlands.
Filling in the gaps
The Queensland Murray Darling Basin is a region in the koala species’ range where there are gaps in our knowledge about koala populations.
Koalas in the Gympie region
Gympie region, in Queensland’s Wide Bay-Burnett region, is home to widespread active koala populations. This region is experiencing significant growth accompanied by land-use changes, which in turn are impacting on koalas and their habitat.
Koalas within Redland City Council
Like many urban areas, koalas in the Redland City Council area face many threats including habitat fragmentation, urban development, and dog attacks.
National Koala Monitoring Program
Our knowledge about koalas is based on patchy information. CSIRO is partnering with the Australian Government, state agencies and Indigenous, urban and rural land managers to support and connect local, regional monitoring programs and build a collaborative National Koala Monitoring Program (NKMP).
Responsible use of drones
Through an Indigenous-led project in Kakadu, we’ve helped enable the development of protocols for the responsible and ethical use of drones and other technologies on Indigenous-owned and managed Country.
We’re working with Traditional Owners of land and sea country to develop collaborative tools, knowledge and practices to support a broad spectrum of Indigenous management activities across Australia.
Indigenous ecosystem services
Supporting Indigenous land managers on eastern Cape York Peninsula to access ecosystems services markets could deliver water quality benefits for the Great Barrier Reef, while also supporting Indigenous enterprises, delivering social benefits for local communities and contributing to sustainable natural resource management approaches.
Aboriginal fire knowledge
We are working with the Ngadju people to help empower their efforts to re-engage in the management of Western Australia's Great Western Woodlands.
Feral animal tracking
Using sensor technology to track herds of feral pigs, cattle and buffalo is key to developing more effective controls for these feral populations and protecting the environment. This innovative technology offers Indigenous land managers in remote northern Australia new ways to monitor and manage their country.
Indigenous water values
In the first study of its kind in Australia, CSIRO and partners have documented and quantified Indigenous social and economic values of aquatic resources and identified their flow links.
Torres Strait futures
The islands of the Torres Strait are facing rapid changes, such as sea level rise and the impacts of development in neighbouring Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. This project helps residents to plan for these changes in a way that fits their culture and will bring benefits under all possible scenarios.
Magpie geese return with help from ethical AI and Indigenous Knowledge
In the wetlands of Kakadu, thousands of magpie geese are returning to roost.
This ground-breaking project uses ethical Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Indigenous Knowledge to adaptively monitor and manage this country.
Led by Bininj Traditional Owners, this ethical approach to AI innovation involves our scientists and researchers. It's also supported by the National Environment Science Program (NESP), Bininj Indigenous Traditional Owners, Kakadu Park Rangers, Parks Australia, Microsoft and the Kakadu National Park Board of Management.