• Environmental Water

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  • New discussion paper: sustainable development and water in Australia’s remote Indigenous communities

    A new discussion paper from The University of Queensland on ‘Water, sanitation and hygiene in remote Indigenous Australian communities: A scan of priorities’ was launched last week. It was undertaken as a collaboration with WaterAid and in response to our question of whether UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 is yet achieved in Australia. A companion […]

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  • Traditional leadership versus role-vested leadership in Pacific communities

    In an interview, Peter Sharry, director of Axiom Water Technologies, speaks about how in the Pacific, he finds that often traditional leadership roles carry more weight in the community than leadership vested by government. This article looks more closely at the role of the traditional leaders in managing water supplies. This issue is not unique to […]

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  • The effects of land and water separation on First Nations Peoples

    Although Australia’s innovative water policies and management frameworks have resulted in significant gains regarding water management, some of these policies have had impacts on access to water for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. In an interview, Bradley Moggridge, Aboriginal water expert, surfaced that the National Water Initiative’s de-coupling of water and land has had the […]

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  • What water management can learn from traditional fire ecology

    Australian land and water management are shifting to incorporate traditional ecological knowledge (TEK). In an interview with Bradley Moggridge, he talked about how traditional fire ecology has transformed the way that some land is now being managed in Australia. Scientific literature points to ways that TEK can support improved water management, and how this is […]

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  • Synergies between environmental flows and cultural water

    In an interview with Brad Moggridge, Aboriginal water expert, researcher, and advocate, he described the relationship between environmental flows and cultural water  Cultural water is water resources and water conditions informed by First Nations Peoples to sustain and benefit them, improving their spiritual, cultural, environmental, and economic condition. Environmental flows are, more simply, the sources […]

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  • Philanthropic water to support environmental goals

    Many different policy approaches have emerged over the past ten years trying to find ways to support Indigenous rights to water in Australia. Some of these have looked great on paper, but have been difficult to implement. Others have been cut short when political cycles have moved on to other priorities. In an interview with Bradley […]

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  • ​Can Western science validate and acknowledge First Nations Peoples’ traditional knowledge in journals and reports?

    During an interview with Brad Moggridge, the challenges around bridging the gap between traditional knowledge and scientific journals and reports was discussed. Traditional knowledge is composed of a body of evidence that spans generations. It is fundamental, valid knowledge that is used for decision making and environmental management at the community level. However, this knowledge […]

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  • Aboriginal knowledge and connection to water

    From the Brad Moggridge interview: traditional knowledge and scientific knowledge: opportunities and tensions in water management. This content was originally part of the Kini Interview Series. Kini is a retired brand of the AWP and IWCAN.

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  • Connection through Caring for Country and Caring for Water

    Caring for Country and Caring for Water programs have tremendous value for connecting Aboriginal people to their communities, particularly for those youth who may live in cities and feel disconnected from their history and traditions. An interview with Bradley Moggridge touched on this philosophy and this article describes it and talks about the impact it is […]

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