Congratulations to the ACEAS Indigenous bio-cultural knowledge group which recently won a 2014 Banksia Award in the category of Indigenous Leadership for Sustainability.
This award was gained for the work the group has been conducting (with ACEAS support), to collate documents and examples of living IBK and promote them through a “one-stop-shop” website www.aibk.info. This website includes a world-first map, which illustrates the locations of place-based publically-available Australian IBK. The map allows for analysis of gaps, hotspots and opportunities for IBK documentation.
The IBK Working Group was recognised as a unique collaboration of Indigenous and non-Indigenous scientists and land managers from a range of organisations from remote to urban Australia. This project is highly innovative and contemporary in its delivery of IBK to the world stage.
Members of the group at the Banksia ceremony, left to right: Gerry Turpin (Australian Tropical Herbarium), Emilie Ens (Macquarie University), John Locke (Biocultural Consulting Pty Ltd), Kelvin Ironstone and Rose Munur (Ngkurr, Northern Territory), Petina Pert (CSIRO), and Alison Specht (ACEAS)
Several interviews have been given about this important work, and one, with working group member Philip Clarke, can be heard here.
To access the website click on the link below:
Published in TERN newsletter December 2014