Indigenous voices in climate change adaptation: Addressing the challenges of diverse knowledge systems in the Barmah-Millewa
Adaptation Research Grants Program
This project will help the Yorta Yorta people of the Barmah-Millewa floodplain to adapt to the challenges of climate change by drawing on traditional knowledge known only to them. A unique database will be used to combine traditional knowledge with more conventional forms of information (climate, vegetation etc) to improve the way natural resources are managed.
Trained volunteers from the local community will accompany elders to local places of cultural significance in the Barmah-Millewa National Forest and record knowledge associated with these places with voice recordings, photography and GPS. The data will be entered into a custom designed GIS database which will securely protect the indigenous knowledge while combining it with scientific data to produce products such as interactive 3D visualisation. These products will help Indigenous people, managers and policymakers to make better management decisions utilising the best of Indigenous and conventional knowledge.
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