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How was this material produced?

This website has been developed as a product of the Indigenous Biocultural Knowledge Working Group sponsored by the Australian Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis ( ACEAS). ACEAS funding was provided for two week-long meetings and associated work time, where 15 people could be supported to collate and synthesise existing Indigenous Biocultural Knowledge material.

Expressions of interest for this exercise were sought and given by many people across Australia. Dates for the working group meetings were set to try and meet the availability of as many people as possible and the participants were made up of people that could attend during that time and those with a diverse range of experience.

The first meeting was held on North Stradbroke Island where the aims of the group were agreed on. We decided to produce a map of publically available documented Indigenous Biocultural Knowledge material that was place-based. These references were geocoded with latitude and longitudes. There is more information about this process in the discussion paper.

To complement the documented material, Case Studies of living knowledge and projects were also identified to highlight the wealth of such knowledge and that Indigenous Biocultural Knowledge is a strong part of living Aboriginal cultures, livelihoods and aspirations.

All participants adhered to the ACEAS code of ethical practice, and completed informed consent forms for provision of knowledge and photos.

Who were the team members?

Workshop 1 attendees, Minjerribah

Workshop 1 attendees, Minjerribah

Left to right: Petina Pert (CSIRO), Tina Bain (Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet), Beth Gott (Monash University), Gerry Turpin (Mbarbaram/Tropical Indigenous Ethnobotany Centre), Joanne Packer (Macquarie University), Bruce Doran (Australian National University), Emmanuel Namarnyilk (Warddeken Land Management), Emilie Ens (ANU now Macquarie University) and Jitendra Gaikwad (Macquarie University, now iDiv, Germany).

Workshop 2 attendees, Cairns

Workshop 2 attendees, Cairns

Back/ standing L to R: Bruce White (Bana-Yaralji Bulka), Philip Clarke (consultant), Cheryl Douras (Bar-Barrum Aboriginal Corporation), Steve Wason (Watsonville Aboriginal Corporation), John Locke (Biocultural Consulting), Marita Budden (Jirrbal-Dyirbal/Tropical Indigenous Ethnobotany Centre), Joe Stelmann (SA Department of Environment, Water & Natural Resources), Lillian Clubb (Mallanburra-Dulabed-Yidinjii).

Front/sitting: Gerry Turpin (Mbarbaram/Tropical Indigenous Ethnobotany Centre), Peter Wallace (Bana-Yaralji Bulka), Sonia Leonard (University of Melbourne), Marilyn Wallace (Bana-Yaralji Bulka), Petina Pert (CSIRO), Emilie Ens (Australian National University, now Macquarie University), Tamahina Cox (National Parks, SA), Joanne Packer (Macquarie University), Justine Graham (SA Department of Environment, Water & Natural Resources), Rosemary Lester (Alinytjara Wilurana NRM /APY Lands & First Peoples International Links).

Participants (in alphabetical order)

Tina Bain Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
Marita Budden Tropical Indigenous Ethnobotany Centre
Philip Clarke Consultant
Lillian Clubb Mallanburra-Dulabed-Yidinjii
Tamahina Cox National Parks, South Australia
Bruce Doran Australian National University
Emilie Ens Macquarie University
Jitendra Gaikwad iDiv, Germany
Beth Gott Monash University
Justine Graham Department of Environment, Water & Natural Resources, South Australia
Sonia Leonard University of Melbourne
Rosemary Lester APY Lands & First Peoples International Links
John Locke Biocultural Consulting P/L
Emmanuel Namarnyilk Warddeken Land Management
Joanne Packer Macquarie University
Petina Pert CSIRO
Jo Stelmann Department of Environment, Water & Natural Resources, South Australia
Gerry Turpin Tropical Indigenous Ethnobotany Centre, Queensland
Marilyn Wallace and Peter Wallace Bana-Yaralji Bulka
Steve Wason Watsonville Aboriginal Corporation
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