Learning together for and with the Martuwarra Fitzroy River

Hill, Rosemary, Harkness, Pia, Raisbeck-Brown, Nat, Lyons, Ilisapeci, Alvarez-Romero, Jorge G., Kim, Milena Kiatkoski, Chungalla, Dennis, Wungundin, Heather, Aiken, Mary, Malay, Jean, Williams, Bernadette, Buissereth, Rachel, Cranbell, Tim, Forrest, Josephine, Hand, Marmingee, James, Ross, Jingle, Elizabeth, Knight, Olive, Lennard, Nathan, Lennard, Valerie, Malay, Ileen, Malay, Lindsay, Midmee, Wallace, Morton, Stuart, Nulgit, Chloe, Riley, Patricia, Shadforth, Ina, Bieundurry, Jane, Brooking, George, Brooking, Sherika, Brumby, Willy, Bulmer, Victor, Cherel, Virgil, Clifton, Ashley, Cox, Sam, Dawson, Matt, Gore-Birch, Cissy, Hill, John, Hobbs, Alistair, Hobbs, Duran, Juboy, Camelia, Juboy, Patricia, Kogolo, Annette, Laborde, Sarah, Lennard, Barry, Lennard, Con, Lennard, Deon, Malay, Nelita, Malay, Zenneth, Marshall, David, Marshall, Herbert, Millindee, Lezeka, Mowaljarlai, Diane, Myers, Andrea, Nnarda, Thomas, Nuggett, Joy, Nulgit, Lloyd, Nulgit, Pansy, Poelina, Anne, Poudrill, Daniel, Ross, Joe, Shandley, Jimmy, Skander, Roly, Skeen, Sandy, Smith, Gordon, Street, Mervyn, Thomas, Pauline, Wongawol, Bronson, Yungabun, Harry, Sunfly, Arosha, Cook, Cyntala, Shaw, Kaunell, Collard, Taliesha, and Collard, Yvonne (2022) Learning together for and with the Martuwarra Fitzroy River. Sustainability Science, 17. pp. 351-375.

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Co-production across scientific and Indigenous knowledge systems has become a cornerstone of research to enhance knowledge, practice, ethics, and foster sustainability transformations. However, the profound differences in world views and the complex and contested histories of nation-state colonisation on Indigenous territories, highlight both opportunities and risks for Indigenous people when engaging with knowledge co-production. This paper investigates the conditions under which knowledge co-production can lead to improved Indigenous adaptive environmental planning and management among remote land-attached Indigenous peoples through a case study with ten Traditional Owner groups in the Martuwarra (Fitzroy River) Catchment in Western Australia’s Kimberley region. The research team built a 3D map of the river and used it, together with an interactive table-top projector, to bring together both scientific and Indigenous spatial knowledge. Participatory influence mapping, aligned with Traditional Owner priorities to achieve cultural governance and management planning goals set out in the Fitzroy River Declaration, investigated power relations. An analytical framework, examining underlying mechanisms of social learning, knowledge promotion and enhancing influence, based on different theories of change, was applied to unpack the immediate outcomes from these activities. The analysis identified that knowledge co-production activities improved the accessibility of the knowledge, the experiences of the knowledge users, strengthened collective identity and partnerships, and strengthened Indigenous-led institutions. The focus on cultural governance and management planning goals in the Fitzroy River Declaration enabled the activities to directly affect key drivers of Indigenous adaptive environmental planning and management—the Indigenous-led institutions. The nation-state arrangements also gave some support to local learning and decision-making through a key Indigenous institution, Martuwarra Fitzroy River Council. Knowledge co-production with remote land-attached Indigenous peoples can improve adaptive environmental planning and management where it fosters learning together, is grounded in the Indigenous-led institutions and addresses their priorities.

Item ID: 69897
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1862-4057
Keywords: Australia; Northern Australia; Western Australia; Kimberley; Fitzroy River catchment; Martuwarra; Traditional Owner; Indigenous people; Action co-research; knowledge sharing; knowledge promotion; knowledge co-production; social learning; environmental planning; water resources; participatory influence mapping; 3D mapping; 3D model
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Funders: National Environmental Science Programme (NESP), CSIRO, James Cook University (JCU), University of Western Australia (UWA)
Projects and Grants: NESP Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2021 02:12
FoR Codes: 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410406 Natural resource management @ 20%
45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4503 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental knowledges and management > 450304 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental knowledges @ 30%
45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4506 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sciences > 450608 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge management methods @ 50%
SEO Codes: 21 INDIGENOUS > 2104 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and culture > 210404 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge @ 50%
21 INDIGENOUS > 2104 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and culture > 210402 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander connection to land and environment @ 50%
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