Monitoring Indigenous heritage within the Reef 20150 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program: final report of the Indigenous Heritage Expert Group

Jarvis, D., Hill, R., Buissereth, R., Moran, C., Talbot, L. D., Bullio, R., Grant, C., Dale, A., Deshong, S., Fraser, D., Gooch, M., Hale, L., Mann, M., Singleton, G., and Wren, L. (2018) Monitoring Indigenous heritage within the Reef 20150 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program: final report of the Indigenous Heritage Expert Group. Report. Australian Institute of Marine Sciences, Cairns, Qld, Australia.

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The Indigenous Heritage Expert Group (IHEG) was created to advise on the design of the Indigenous heritage theme of the Reef Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program (RIMReP) in a context where it has been recognised that the most striking gap in socio-economic monitoring was the absence of monitoring pertaining to Traditional Owner (TO) use, dependency and wellbeing. The IHEG reviewed a series of Traditional Owner-driven monitoring frameworks implemented throughout Australia. The review is summarised in this report. Many of these frameworks applied an inclusive definition of wellbeing, or the personal, physical, social, economic, and environmental factors of human life, as the focus of monitoring. However, the IHEG determined that the most successful frameworks were biocultural—connecting Indigenous community wellbeing with country wellbeing through stories and statistics. For example, the methodology used to inform the Mackay-Whitsunday Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership (MWHR2RP) Report Card for 2015 was useful, empowered the Traditional Owner communities and contributed to their knowledge of cultural heritage sites and landscape. It also provided a group of Traditional Owners with training and the ability to return to their country – building the capacity of the Traditional Owners on country. Through analysis of existing frameworks and monitoring methods such as the one developed for the Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership, the IHEG developed a unique framework, Strong Peoples – Strong Country, for Traditional Owners to monitor the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), and its catchments (GBR region); and thereby track Traditional Owners’ perceptions of the status of Indigenous heritage, and progress on the Traditional Owner objectives, targets and actions in the Reef 2050 Long-term Sustainability Plan (Reef 2050 Plan). The framework and indicators provide a structure for monitoring the condition of the Indigenous heritage asset, and for monitoring progress on achieving the Reef 2050 Traditional Owner objectives, targets and actions. The IHEG identified six key hubs relevant to Strong Peoples – Strong Country: Country health; People’s Health; Heritage and Knowledge; Culture and Community; Education; and Empowerment and Economics (Figure 1). Together these hubs encompass Traditional Owners’ understandings of the connections between the people and their Country across, and underpinned by, the GBR region. While there is no particular order of where to begin with the hubs, Traditional Owners’ connection to land and sea country is viewed as being primary to their heritage information. Everything else flows from the important consideration of the Country being healthy, including all other influences on Traditional Owner well-being. Forty-five factors that influence each of these six hubs were uniquely described using the worldviews of Indigenous peoples in the GBR region. For example, education is learning from Elders, training, and a passion to learn; and health includes spirituality, access to traditional medicines, and access to medical services.

Item ID: 59836
Item Type: Report (Report)
Keywords: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental knowledge
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Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2019 23:02
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050201 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Knowledge @ 50%
14 ECONOMICS > 1499 Other Economics > 149902 Ecological Economics @ 50%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9503 Heritage > 950302 Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage @ 30%
91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9199 Other Economic Framework > 919902 Ecological Economics @ 40%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960999 Land and Water Management of Environments not elsewhere classified @ 30%
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