15230: Gooniyandi Culturally and Environmentally Significant Waterways Monitoring and Management Program

    The wetlands, springs, larger water bodies and riparian vegetation communities found on Gooniyandi Country are culturally important sites, where Gooniyandi people hunt, fish and preserve cultural connections. As pressures increase from regional development including agriculture, mining and tourist activities; it is increasingly important for Gooniyandi people to maintain and sustain the cultural and environmental viability of these aquatic habitats. 
    Collecting and recording environmental data will allow Gooniyandi Rangers to gain a broad understanding of how their freshwater systems operate, and also identify potential threats impacting on ecological health. Establishing and maintaining an on-going monitoring program for sites within Gooniyandi country will address both local and broad ranging management concerns. In addition, Traditional Ecological Knowledge will be utilised to inform scientific monitoring, and by incorporating natural, cultural and social values with western science knowledge there is greater integration of knowledge sharing to enhance for freshwater ecosystems management.

    Without the establishment of long term monitoring, detection of any changes in condition over time will not be documented, and therefore the impact of potential future development scenarios and the ability to track management options will not be possible. 
    A new monitoring application will be used to enhance the ability of Gooniyandi Rangers to build their skills in monitoring freshwater habitats. This sampling method will enable Gooniyandi Rangers to undertake ongoing monitoring of freshwater habitats and allow for the detection of any change in condition over time, without the need for support from a scientist or any additional staff.   Project activities will include training in use of the Cyber-tracker Wetland App, setting priorities for monitoring using Monitoring Program Identification Steps,  development of a Monitoring Management Action Plan, develop a best practice framework for integrating Indigenous Ecological Knowledge (IEK)( from Rangers and Gooniyandi Traditional Owners), western science and community value knowledge systems in a bottom-up approach for managing local values and mitigating threats (i.e. incorporate traditional knowledge of plants and animals into the I-Tracker Wetland App.), undertake Vegetation Assessment Surveys and Aquatic Sampling, produce Site Summary reports, review results and develop Future Management Strategies.

    Investment: $ 9 517
    In-kind contribution: $ 10 400
    Delivery organisation: Kimberley Land Council- Gooniyandi Rangers
    Project duration: April 2016 - July 2017
    Location: Shire of Derby-West Kimberley
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