Understanding how the use of intertidal marine resources by Indigenous women in the Northern Territory will be affected by climate change and their preferred adaptation options

Adaptation Research Grants Program
Researcher/s: 
Dr Ann Fleming
Institution/s: 
Northern Territory Government Department of Resources
Year Started: 
2012

Remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory are at the end of long, vulnerable food supply chains. This vulnerability is likely to be exacerbated by increased climate variability, more intense extreme weather events, longer periods with roads cut due to flooding, the impact of sea level rise on the intertidal zone, and rising energy prices. There is an increasing imperative to grow food close to where people live, and for coastal communities the main options are fishing and aquaculture. Many coastal Indigenous women are highly receptive to aquaculture as a way to supply fresh, affordable food to their families and provide local job opportunities. This project will build upon an understanding of West Arnhem Indigenous women’s preferred adaptation options for improved food security and safety during climate change. It will focus on the potential for using open-ocean, intertidal aquaculture enterprises and simple aquaponics for fish and vegetable production. The project will deliver policy recommendations to benefit Indigenous women across Australia’s coasts, who can adopt similar approaches to increase local seafood production and strengthen social and economic resilience to climate change.

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