$40,000 for traditional land & water management research

April 23, 2019

Up to $40,000 is available for research into traditional Aboriginal land and water management practices in the Wet Tropics.

The Wet Tropics Cooperative Research Partnership is calling on researchers and indigenous groups to apply for funding and help shape the way we manage the region’s natural resources.

The Partnership – which includes Skyrail Rainforest Foundation, the Wet Tropics Management Authority, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and Terrain Natural Resource Management – is seeking expressions of interest by Friday 10 May.

Skyrail Rainforest Foundation chair Ken Chapman strongly encouraged research teams led by, or including, Traditional Owners to apply.

Terrain NRM's Bart Dryden said working with and learning from traditional owners was an important part of the organisation's role in the Wet Tropics, and the project would benefit everyone in management of country.

The initiative has been welcomed by Rainforest Aboriginal groups with Mamu's Joann Schmider, for one, saying there is a passion to integrate traditional knowledge and practices into management of the Wet Tropics region.

Wet Tropics Management Authority executive director Scott Buchanan said the project recognised the importance of Traditional Owners’ bio-cultural expertise.

“Traditional Owners in the Wet Tropics have developed a deep understanding of their country over many thousands of years,” he said.

“Through this project we hope to engage this expertise to inform future land and water management techniques across the region.”

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service Regional Director Alison Webb said the initiative was all about linking science and traditional ecological knowledge to improve on-ground outcomes.

The Partnership is seeking expressions of interest that demonstrate best practice in Traditional Owner collaboration and engagement methodology.

To find out more and to lodge an expression of interest, email: ao@Skyrail.com.au