Indigenous data, information and knowledge underpin the stewardship of Country by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This information is also essential for broader management of Australia’s environment, as underscored in the latest State of the Environment report.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are Australia’s first scientists and environmental managers. Their intrinsic ties to ancestral lands, waters, skies – and everything that they contain – have survived millennia and are just as important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.
That’s why environmental scientists are increasingly looking to learn from Indigenous knowledge, perspectives and practices, and support ways of working more closely with Indigenous knowledge holders and land and sea managers.
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