Researchers wanted…

September 17, 2018

We want to hear from people who'll research traditional Aboriginal land and water management practices.

Up to $40,000 is available for the research, to inform future practices in the Wet Tropics.

Terrain NRM is part of the new Wet Tropics Cooperative Research Partnership which is seeking expressions of interest from the research community that demonstrate best practice in traditional owner collaboration and engagement.

The partnership includes Skyrail Rainforest Foundation, the Wet Tropics Management Authority and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service.

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.

"We see this project, which we are contributing to via our Natural Capital Fund, as a way to further engage traditional owners and benefit all of us in management of country," he said.

Skyrail Rainforest Foundation Chair Ken Chapman said the research had been identified as a strategic priority by the four partner organisations and traditional owner groups.

"We are very excited by the significant potential this project holds for land managers and the environment at the local, regional and national level, and we would strongly encourage expressions of interest from research teams that are led by or include traditional owners," he said.

Mamu's Joann Schmider said the project directly addressed the desire of Rainforest Aboriginal people to systematically integrate traditional knowledge and practices into management of the Wet Tropics region.

Wet Tropics Management Authority executive director Scott Buchanan said traditional owners in the Wet Tropics had developed a deep understanding of their country over many thousands of years.

"Through this project we hope to engage this expertise to inform future land and water management techniques across the region,'' he said.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service regional director Alison Webb said the initiative was a great opportunity to collaborate on and improve park management standards in the Wet Tropics.

"We are very supportive of initiatives that link science and traditional ecological knowledge to improve on-ground outcomes," she added.

The research project is expected to take 18 months.

For expressions of interest forms, email

The closing date for submissions is 17 October 2018 at close of business.