Indigenous voices in climate change adaptation: Addressing the challenges of diverse knowledge systems in the Barmah-Millewa
Dave Griggs et al, Monash University, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, 2013 | ISBN: 978-1-925039-64-1

This publication is the final report of a project which investigated how the deep knowledge of the Yorta Yorta people can be used to strengthen their participation and influence in the complex national and regional processes that determine how their traditional lands, which are in the highly contested Murray-Darling Basin, are managed, leading to improved adaptation decisions both for the Yorta Yorta and the wider community. The approach developed was the creation of Geographical Information System (GIS) mapping framework, containing both Yorta Yorta knowledge and more conventional knowledge. Project components included: development and testing of protocols and methodology for the collection and protection of Yorta Yorta knowledge; building of a GIS framework to integrate both the Yorta Yorta knowledge and more conventional data about the climate, hydrology and biodiversity of the Yorta Yorta area; exploration of the views of the broader community regarding management of the region and adaptation alternatives through a stakeholder consultation process; and identification of broader lessons for improving adaptation of First Nations communities in Australia. The project raised community awareness and knowledge and energized the Yorta Yorta youth to take an interest in their history and culture, ad in the climate challenges facing their community. Download the report [pdf] …