Community based adaptation to climate change: The Arabana, South Australia

TitleCommunity based adaptation to climate change: The Arabana, South Australia
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsNursey-Bray, M, Fergie, D, Arbon, V, Rigney, L-I, Palmer, R, Tibby, J, Harvey, N, Hackworth, L
Date Published06/2013
InstitutionNational Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility
CityGold Coast
ISBN Number978-1-925039-63-4
Keywordsadaptive capacity, Arabana, community, cultural sites, Indigenous Communities, interviews, Northern Territory, NT, SA, South Australia, strategy, surveys, water availability, workshops

The Arabana Climate Change Adaptation project is a collaboration between the Arabana people and the University of Adelaide, South Australia. Arabana people live in the Lake Eyre region, Marree, Oodnadatta, Coober Pedy, Alice Springs, Port Augusta, Adelaide and Darwin. The project was a multi method, cross cultural and inter-disciplinary adaptation project which aimed to assess the resilience and vulnerability of the Arabana people and then develop adaptation options. 

Project dimensions included production of a peer reviewed science report, an assessment of adaptive capacity via interrogation of wellness, governance and ICT, and conduct of a risk perception values analysis and adaptation workshops. Results suggest that Arabana people have a history of adaptation and are relatively resilient to change, yet Arabana country is highly vulnerable. The Arabana strategy was built around trying to make connections between these two elements. Adaptation options in the strategy include establishment of cultural centres in every place and city where Arabana people live, setting up economic businesses in tourism and pastoralism, moving back to country, establishing cultural camps, revitalisation programs and the establishment of ranger, land management and monitoring and research programs.

Refereed DesignationRefereed